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Arrest made in connection with Rebecca Maloney murder

Posted at 10:31 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 20:28:11-05

A 33-year-old man is in custody after an arrest was made today in the 1200 block of Verbena in connection with the shooting death of Rebecca Maloney.

United States Marshals acting under upon the request from the Aransas Pass Police Department utilized an arrest warrant about 10 a.m. that resulted in the arrest of Luis Garza-Gonzalez.

Luis Garza-Gonzalez<div class="Figure-credit" itemprop="author">Photo courtesy of Aransas Pass Police Department.
Luis Garza-Gonzalez was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Rebecca Maloney.

Aransas Pass police said that Garza-Gonzalez is a confirmed member of the Texas Syndicate gang.

APPD detectives have uncovered evidence and witness statements showing that Garza-Gonzalez is directly involved in the shooting death of Maloney, police said. Evidence points to the murder happening during the weekend of Jan. 18, 2020.

The 29-year-old Maloney was found stuffed in a toolbox on Jan. 21 along Railroad Street near downtown Aransas Pass.

The toolbox was reported to police by a witness just after 5:45 p.m. on that date, north of East Wheeler Avenue in Aransas Pass.


When officers arrived, they found the body of a female stuffed inside the toolbox.

Police said she had been dead for at least several hours and had obvious signs of injury to her body.


On the next day, police said family members concerned about a missing relative were able to identify the woman as Maloney.

Police have said the medical examiner said that the victim died of a gunshsot wound to the head.

Police said the case remains open and active. If you have any information about this case, please call Det. Stacey Allen at 361-758-5224 or send us an anonymous tip via Tri-County Crimestoppers.

We'll have more on this breaking story as we learn about it.