The last of the three suspects in the shooting that left HPD's first Hispanic female officer paralyzed has been apprehended, thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip.
Police arrested Andrew Garcia at 1:30 this morning in a condo at 10912 Gulf Freeway after getting the tip.
“This capture shows once more the value of the Crime Stoppers partnership among citizens, law enforcement and the media, working together to bring the most violent offenders in our city to justice,” Crime Stoppers executive director Katherine Cabaniss said.
Velia "Belle" Ortega, 78, was visiting family at an apartment on the South Loop when she became the victim of a drive-by shooting, caused by what police said was a "dispute over a vehicle."
More than 50 years ago, Ortega became the first female Hispanic officer in HPD.
Even with the arrest of two other suspects, Houston police were pressing hard to get the last guy. Thanks to a Crime Stoppers tip, they did.
-- Richard Connelly
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.