Search under way for ‘heart punch’ suspect

Garza Garza Law enforcement personnel in Milam County, and throughout Central Texas, are on the lookout for a 31-year-old man suspected of punching a woman ha rd enough to cause a major heart injury earl ier this month.

Cameron Police Chief Randy Dixon said a warrant has been issued charging Jesse Garza with assault causing serious bodily injury.

Dixon said the charge stems from an altercation at a Cameron bar on Jan. 11 in which the female bar manager was struck in the chest.

He said the blow was hard enough to rupture the aortic valve in the victim’s heart, causing her to undergo “major heart surgery” in an Austin hospital.

“Garza is considered extremely dangerous,” Dixon said. Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to call Milam CrimeStoppers at 1-88-697-8477.

COCKFIGHT—Another in a series of arrests was made by the Milam County Sheriff’s Department during the past week in connection with a Jan. 6 raid on what the sheriff’s department termed a “cockfighting tournament” near Gause.

Bradley Chip Byrd, 20, of Gause, was charged Jan. 23 with cockfighting, causes or earns, and was released after posting $10,000 bond.

A total of 11 persons have now been arrested in connection with the incident and 28 citations were issued.

Sheriff David Greene estimated about 50 persons ran into the woods when law enforcement officers showed up at the County Road 353 location.

CALLS—Greene listed other calls during the past eight days as follows:

Jan. 22—Suspicious activity, CR 342, Milano area; threats, Oak Park 3, Rockdale area; medical call, Briar Lane, Minerva area; suspicious activity, CR 330, Milano area; information, CR 357A, Gause area; break in, Rockdale area; indecent exposure, Rockdale area; theft, CR 255 Loop, Maysfield area; medical call, CR 140, Cameron area; information, Line Shack, Pettibone; animal nuisance, North FM 486, Thorndale area; theft, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, PR 5403, Davilla area; threat, CR 412, Buckholts area; stolen vehicle, Milano area; suspicious activity, Cypress Trail Loop, Rockdale area; arrest made, Cameron area; disturbance, CR 329, Milano area.

Jan. 23—Harassing phone calls, CR 342, Milano area; threat, CR 329, Milano area; civil child custody, Gause area; found property, US 79, Milano area; request to speak to deputy, Whip- O-Will, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, Whip-O-Will, Rockdale area; criminal mischief, CR 136A; animal nuisance, CR 305; scam attempt, CR 207; arrest made, FM 1600 North; welfare check, CR 442; assist other agency, South Karnes/East Main, Cameron; welfare check, Milam County; threat, CR 329, Milano area.

Thursday—Suspicious person, Rockdale area; theft, East Cameron Avenue, Rockdale; harassing phone calls, TX 36; information, Whip- O-Will, Rockdale area; request to speak to deputy, FM 437, Buckholts area; civil matter, Cypress Trail, Rockdale area; information, Robertson County; transport inmate, Rockdale; family disturbance, FM 1915 South.

Friday—Trash burning, Milam County; alarm detected, PR 7056, Milano area; information, Thorndale Junior High, Thorndale; assist Cameron Police Department, West Main and Burleson, Cameron; welfare check, TX 36, Milano area; four-wheelers on roadway, CR 449, Thorndale area; welfare check, out-of-county.

Saturday—Medical call, CR 380, Milano area; reckless conduct, FM 486; transport, Scott and White Emergency Room, Temple; information, Rockdale area; scam attempt CR 410, Buckholts area; assist other agency, US 190, Buckholts area; four-wheelers on roadway, 2nd Street, Ben Arnold; animal nuisance, Whip- O-Will, Rockdale area; dispute/ neighbors, Sierra Drive, Rockdale area; dispute/neighbors, Oak Lawn Drive, Rockdale area; suspicious person/vehicle, FM 3242; shots heard, CR 228B, Cameron area; suspicious activity, Rockdale area; assist Cameron PD, 4th Street, Cameron; suspicious noise, FM 3242; wanted person, San Gabriel Street, Rockdale; four-wheelers in roadway, Sierra Drive, Rockdale area; shots heard, North US 77; smell of smoke, Whip-O-Will, Rockdale area.

Sunday—Loud music, Davilla area; loud music, Davilla area; animal nuisance, CR 240, Cameron area; theft, Howard Street; request to speak to deputy, unknown area; suspicious activity, CR 336, Griffin Chapel area; suspicious male, West FM 485; welfare check, CR 311, Rockdale area; motorist assist, CR 311, Rockdale area; suspicious noise, FM 3242; disturbance, CR 355, Gause area; disturbance, FM 1786, Rockdale area; suspicious vehicle, CR 412; suspicious activity, FM 3242, Milano area.

Monday—Suspicious vehicle, North FM 486, Davilla area; animal attack, CR 240, Cameron area; vehicle blocking roadway, near FM 1444, Ben Arnold area; threats, CR 442, Thorndale area; suspicious male, CR 360, Milano area; suspicious people, North FM 487, Davilla area; request to speak to deputy; CR 418A, Davilla area; request to speak to deputy, FM 3242, Milano area; theft, Shackles Lane, San Gabriel area; request to speak to deputy, Rockdale Road, Rockdale area; arrest made, CR 235, Minerva area; child custody, East Main Street, Buckholts; suspicious vehicle, CR 228G.

There were also 13 loose livestock calls during the week.

CRIME STOPPERS—Tips on any crime listed above, or any other crime, may be phoned in to Milam County, toll-free, at 1-888- 697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid for tips. All calls are anonymous.

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