Man suspected in apology note hit-and-run arrested
LEAGUE CITY — Police arrested a man charged in a fatal 2009 hit-and-run in which someone left a handwritten apology note at the scene, authorities said Wednesday.
Bond for Alejandro Garcia, 20, was set at $50,000 on a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid, stemming from the March 29, 2009, hit-and-run death of pedestrian Maurice DeVorn Jones, 34, League City police said in a statement released Wednesday.
Jones’ body was found on the east side of the road in the 1300 block of Dickinson Avenue. Police determined he was struck by an automobile that left the scene.
Police found the note in a ditch near Jones’ body and initially suspected a woman had penned it, based on the handwriting, authorities said.
A break in the case came on July 12, 2011, when someone called with information. Police interviewed the caller and others and filed for an arrest warrant for the third-degree felony.
Police accused Garcia of traveling to Mexico to avoid prosecution. On Monday, however, a Galveston County Precinct 8 deputy constable received a tip that Garcia was at his mother’s house.
The deputy set up surveillance of the home in the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue in Dickinson where Garcia was spotted and arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon, League City spokeswoman Kristi Wyatt said.
The front door was unlocked and open when League City police arrived to make the arrest, and police also arrested Garcia’s mother on a misdemeanor charge of hindering apprehension, Wyatt said.