PRISONER AT LARGE: Suspect in police standoff escapes from Gonzales County Jail

$5,000 reward offered

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at approximately 10:34 p.m., Juan Mario Garcia III escaped from the Recreational Yard at the Gonzales County Jail by scaling two concertina-topped fences and fleeing the area on foot, according to a press release issued by the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office this afternoon.
An extensive search was conducted by the Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office, Gonzales Police Department, Texas DPS and DPS Air Assets, Texas Department of Criminal Justice K9 Team, Texas Game Wardens, Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office, Nixon Police, and Waelder Police. Garcia was not located. He was last seen wearing an orange Jail jumpsuit.
Garcia had been confined pending charges for Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant and Aggravated Kidnapping stemming from an incident on July 9, 2021, in the 1600 block of St. Vincent in Gonzales where shots were fired from inside the home.
An Arrest Warrant for Escape has been issued for Garcia. The US Marshall’s Lone Star Fugitive Task Force has been contacted for assistance.
Garcia is considered dangerous.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is requested to contact local law enforcement or:
Gonzales County Sheriff’s Office at (830) 672-6524
Gonzales Police Department at (830) 672-8686
Greater Gonzales Crime Stoppers at (830) 672-8477
A cash reward of up to $5000 may be available for the subsequent apprehension and successful prosecution of this individual.