Two in custody, accused of using vehicle of missing Slaton man

Two in custody, accused of using vehicle of missing Slaton man
(Source: Lubbock Police)

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Two people are now in custody, accused of using a vehicle belonging to missing Slaton man 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez.

39-year-old Toby Daughtry and 33-year-old Amanda Grace Blagburn were both arrested on Tuesday.

Police believe Daughtry is connected to the disappearance of Rodriguez, who was last seen on Saturday, Aug. 3. According to police, on Thursday, Aug. 8, a Milam County Deputy spotted Daughtry walking along a highway and stopped to see if he needed assistance. A Texas Ranger was called in to assist with interviewing Daughtry.

Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez.
Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez. (Source: Slaton Police Department)
Police say she was involved with the victim’s vehicle in the disappearance case of Celestino Rodriguez from Slaton, Texas.
Police say she was involved with the victim’s vehicle in the disappearance case of Celestino Rodriguez from Slaton, Texas. (Source: LUBBOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT)
ATL Persons of Interest In The Disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez. Brett Garza and David Hampton.
ATL Persons of Interest In The Disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez. Brett Garza and David Hampton. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

Daughtry made statements about driving Rodriguez’ vehicle, saying he had obtained the vehicle in Lubbock sometime after Aug. 3.

According to police, he told the Texas Ranger that he and Blagburn drove the vehicle to Milam County, Texas near the town of Milano and abandoned it in a secluded wooded area after learning that the vehicle was associated with the Silver Alert for Celestino Rodriguez.

Detectives with the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit obtained arrest warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle for Daughtry and Blagburn.

Daughtry was arrested Tuesday afternoon at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 4900 block of 8th Street here in Lubbock.

Police say Daughtry is not the third man who is accused of using Rodriguez’ credit card at a Dollar General, but they know the identity of the man seen in the surveillance video.

3rd person of interest in the suspicious disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez
3rd person of interest in the suspicious disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez

LPD released that information to the public on Tuesday afternoon, asking for help to get the proper identity of this man who was seen on surveillance footage with another person of interest in the case, David Hampton, on Sunday, Aug. 4.

The footage shows Hampton allegedly using Rodriguez’ debit card at the Dollar General store at 5004 34th St. Police have been on the search for Hampton and another man connected to the case, Brett Garza, since last week.

Police say Brett Garza and David Hampton used Rodriguez’ debit card at multiple Lubbock business locations on the afternoon of Aug. 3. Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit investigators were able to secure these felony arrest warrants for Garza and Hampton as a result of this fraudulent activity. The felony warrants were issued for Credit/Debit Card Abuse of an Elderly Individual 65 years of age or older.

Those who have any information about this case are asked to call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.

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