Stolen assault rifles are no joke, and the authorities take it seriously when they find out where those weapons might be. In the case of the Harris County Sheriff's Home Task Force and the High Risk Operation Unit, that meant forcing a mom and her 14-year-old son out of a house last Thursday when searching for both the missing rifles and the prime suspect.
Angela Garcia was inside the home in the 7600 block of Williams in the Woodland Trails West subdivision last Thursday, July 24 when officers arrived to serve a warrant searching for several long-barrel firearms stolen earlier in the week and the suspect in the burglary. Only problem is, Garcia refused to come out.
Once the High Risk Operation Unit was deployed and a few hours into the incident, Garcia exited, but said her 14-year-old son was still inside. Deputies coaxed him out using a loudspeaker. He was taken into custody and five AR style rifles, a handgun, a "large amount of marijuana" (according to an HCSO release) and a gram of cocaine were found on the premises.
The suspect was not at the home, and is still at large. Garcia (and her visible star tattoos) was arrested for making firearms accessible to a minor. The boy was released.
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The whole situation sounds like a mess, and Garcia isn't going to be winning any mother of the year awards.