HPOU honors Detective Garcia as Investigator of the Month

Moreland with Detective Garcia & Sgt. Stavinoha

The Houston Police Officers Union announced the Union’s Investigator of the Month honor to Detective Ramon Garcia for his work in a September kidnap, robbery and sexual assault case.

On Sept. 29, a jogger in Memorial Park was kidnapped while training for a marathon in Memorial Park when the male suspect grabbed her from behind and placed his arm around her neck, holding a sharp object close to her side of her neck.

The complainant tried to free herself when the suspect asked her “where is your money?” The complainant continued to attempt to free herself when the suspect exclaimed that he was going to kill her.

The suspect told the complainant that he had a gun and that he has shot people before. He searched her and stole her cash, credit cards, iPhone, Apple watch and purse containing her Texas driver license along with other miscellaneous items.

The suspect forced the woman to provide him with her passcode to unlock her iPhone and used the complainant’s Chase debit card to transfer thousands of dollars to his various accounts. The suspect took the complainant to secluded areas of the park and sexually assaulted her multiple times.

Detective Garcia immediately obtained video surveillance and secured a good still photo of the suspect, which would later be used to confirm his identity. Through his investigation, Garcia tracked the complainant’s iPhone to an apartment complex parking lot on the northwest side. The detective traveled to the listed apartment complex and observed a white four-door Ford Fusion which through his investigation revealed that the registered owner’s boyfriend closely resembled the suspect, and even had the same exact tattoos.

Days after the incident, the complainant left Houston and went to San Jose, California. Detective Garcia facilitated a double blind photo array with the complainant.

This was done with the help of a San Jose police detective.

After the suspect was positively identified, Detective Garcia presented the case to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Adult Sex Crimes Division chief, ADA Stallings, who accepted multiple charges.

Garcia immediately filed two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Kidnapping and Aggravated Robbery charges on the suspect, who went into hiding. Garcia made a Crime Stoppers bulletin and held a press conference, asking for the public’s assistance in locating this dangerous suspect.

Coordination between Detective Garcia, Major Offenders Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation resulted in locating the suspect, who was hiding in a remote area in Fort Bend County. Major Offenders personnel arrested the suspect and transported him to the Adult Sex Crimes Unit at 1200 Travis.

Detective Garcia interviewed and then interrogated the suspect, who admitted his role in these crimes. Garcia also obtained a confirmatory buccal swab from the suspect.

Not long after the suspect was booked at the Harris County Joint Processing Center, personnel assigned to the Crimes Against Children’s Unit filed in-custody charges on the suspect for Aggravated Sexual Assault (child) because his DNA was a match to a sexual assault in connection with the brutal rape of a 15-year-old girl.

The suspect’s violent criminal history includes: Aggravated Sexual Assault, Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping. At the time of this arrest, the suspect also had a felony warrant for Aggravated Robbery and was the named suspect in an open Aggravated Assault/Strangulation case.

Detective Garcia should be commended for his hard work and dedication to this case and filing four felony charges against a violent sexual predator. This city, our community, is a much safer place with a violent predator off our streets thanks to Detective Garcia.