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12/12/2008

ICE, HPD arrest "Houstone" gang member wanted for 2 murders in Mexico

He's accused of murdering 2 women from the U.S. and Mexico

Carlos Garcia-Hernandez
Carlos Garcia-Hernandez

HOUSTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and Houston Police officers late Thursday arrested a member of the "Houstone" street gang wanted by Mexican authorities for murdering two women in March 2008.

Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, 19, a citizen of Mexico, was also wanted on local arrest warrants for aggravated assault. A search conducted for Garcia-Hernandez by Houston Police Department and ICE in Houston resulted in his apprehension without incident.

According to Mexican authorities, Garcia-Hernandez is wanted for murdering two women, one from San Diego County, Calif., and another from Mexico where the homicides were committed. It is alleged that both women were robbery victims at the time of their deaths. Three individuals have already confessed to the crimes to date and are serving time in Mexican prison.

Garcia-Hernandez has previous convictions in Houston for possessing marijuana, escaping law enforcement custody while in detention, and driving with a counterfeit driver's license.

Garcia-Hernandez is in the United States illegally and has already received final orders of deportation from a federal immigration judge. ICE will ultimately deport him into the custody of Mexican authorities. No date has been set for his return. ICE previously deported Garcia-Hernandez in November 2007. It is a felony to re-enter the United States after previously being deported punishable by up to 20 years in prison.