Lubbock Police search for murder suspect - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/21/09

Lubbock Police search for murder suspect

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police need your help to catch a killer.  Authorities charged 27-year-old Raymundo Garza with the murder of 48-year-old Tina Sanchez on Tuesday.  Investigators say Garza stabbed Sanchez to death this past February inside her north Lubbock home.

Police tell NewsChannel 11 they believe Garza left the Lubbock area, but they say someone else here may know where he is. Investigators say Garza could be hiding out in Georgia or New Mexico where he has family. They've already alerted authorities in those states. Now, they need the tip that will bring Garza to justice.

"We don't know if they were friends, acquaintances through social activities, we haven't made that connection yet," Lubbock Police Sergeant Jimmy Pachall said.  Investigators still have not determined how Sanchez knew her killer, but Tuesday they announced new evidence they say positively links Garza to the crime.

"That evidence that we did locate and collect, it's very specific to him and it linked him to being the last person with Tina," Pachall said.  Authorities did not release exactly what that evidence is.

Sanchez's daughter discovered her mother's brutally stabbed body inside Sanchez's home in the 3100 Block of Emory on February 22nd. It's taken two months to identify Garza, first called person of interest, as the murderer.

Investigators cleared Sanchez's boyfriend, Jose Rangel, who they arrested shortly after the crime. "He's been ruled out," Pachall said. 

Police say Garza appears to have acted alone. Now, he's nowhere to be found. They say he could be driving Sanchez's pick-up, missing since her daughter discovered the crime scene.

While the murder charge moves the case forward, police say justice won't be served until Garza is in custody.  "It's a relief for our detectives of course, because there's at least some point that we know who did it. Now, we just need to find him," Pachall said.

Police warn Garza has violent tendencies. The missing truck he could be driving is a white, 2000, Dodge Dakota with Texas License Plates 08M ZH7

If you know where Garza is or how to find him, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. You could be eligible for a $1,000 reward.  

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