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Fugitive accused of murder in 2018 Pasadena shooting arrested after fleeing the country

December 7, 2020 

Oscar Aristides Garcia, 33, has been arrested in connection with a 2018 shooting death. Garcia was charged with murder after allegedly shooting 37-year-old Nicolas Bautista, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Monday. 

“This was a team effort by our office, US Marshals and Pasadena PD to get an arrest so the victim’s family could see justice done,” Ogg said.  “We have one job and we must always do it well: justice in every single instance, in every single case.”

Garcia was charged with murder two years ago, after allegedly following Bautista home on Oct. 28, 2018 and shooting him with a shotgun. Garcia allegedly thought Bautista was stealing from his auto repair shop.

The District Attorney’s office, in partnership with the US Marshals and Pasadena Police Department had been pursuing Garcia in El Salvador for more than a year. He was confirmed to be in that country by the US Marshals. The Harris County DA fugitive apprehension section notified INTERPOL of the pending case and also sent a formal extradition package to the Department of Justice earlier this year in preparation to arrest Garcia.

A few months ago, law enforcement officers learned that the defendant had fled El Salvador and possibly went to Guatemala.  Officers assigned to the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force then learned that he had returned to the US.

He was arrested in the Houston area on Friday morning, December 4, 2020.

Prosecutors requested a high bond of $400,000. A magistrate judge set bond at $250,000.

“The victim’s family was overjoyed and very emotional when they heard this news,” said Kim Bryant, head of the DA’s Fugitive Apprehension Section. “If you run from the law, we will find you.”