Texas Fugitive Apprehension Unit round-up, consumer protection alert on excessive energy bills – Corridor NewsMarch 4, 2021
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AG Paxton’s Law Enforcement Round-Up
AUSTIN – The Texas Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week.
- In Travis County, while working with the United States Marshal’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Christopher Michael Garcia in Austin on February 23. Garcia had an outstanding warrant for murder issued by the Austin Police Department.
- In Ellis County, Brandon Douglas Wilder was arrested in Midlothian on February 23. Wilder had an outstanding warrant for Indecency with a Child Sexual Contact issued by the Midlothian Police Department.
- In Smith County, while working with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Jordan Syncere Hankins in Tyler on February 23. Hankins had an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Robbery issued by the Tyler Police Department.
The Texas Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Unit made one arrest in relation to the sexual assault of a child.
- In San Patricio County, Gabriel Gonzales, 56, of Mathis was arrested on a sexual assault of a child warrant. This case was received as a tip from the Polaris National Hotline, as well as a request for assistance by the Mathis Police Department.
During the investigation, it was determined that in 2020, Gonzales sexually assaulted a child in Mathis. Gonzales was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the San Patricio County Jail with a $40,000 bond.
AG Paxton Sues Griddy, LLC Energy Company
Customers Hit with Exorbitant Energy Bills
AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Griddy, LLC for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act through false, misleading, and deceptive advertising and marketing practices.
During the February freeze, Texas power companies failed to withstand the winter storm and left millions of Texans without power and heat during lethal, record-low temperatures across the state.
Compounding this disaster, Griddy passed skyrocketing energy costs to customers with little to no warning,…