Garza told police he injured tail bone, could not walk; tried to flee

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

An arson suspect who was arrested Sunday allegedly told officers he could not walk because of a "broken tail bone," and then turned tail and ran when they took him to a local hospital.

According to Alice Police Department reports, officers were called to a home in the 500 block of North Adams Street shortly before 9 a.m. Monday in reference to an arson and family violence.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a woman who allegedly told them her common-law husband, identified as Alvaro Garza, 42, pushed a window air conditioner unit on her head while she was sleeping and set a stack of newspapers in the house on fire.

Garza reportedly fled the scene before officers arrived, but was arrested a short time later at the home of a relative.

At the time of his arrest, Garza allegedly told officers he could not walk because he had injured his "tail bone" a week before the incident.

Garza was transported by ambulance to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice, where he was placed in an emergency room for evaluation.

"I walked about 20 to 30 feet away from the room, when a nurse said that she observed the male suspect running out of the room," Officer Michael Hastings wrote in his report.

Garza was located a short time later hiding in a rest room in the hospital, and was carried back to the room after again telling officers he could not walk.

He had no problem walking into the Jim Wells County jail later that morning, Hastings noted in his report.