An alleged sex offender and a man suspected of several burglaries were arrested this week in separate instances by a U.S. Marshals Service task force in the Rio Grande Valley.

A Weslaco truck driver wanted in Dallas for sexually assaulting a child over four years was apprehended at an Edinburg truck stop Wednesday. Another Weslaco man, accused of burglarizing a local church and tire shop, was arrested after authorities learned he was staying an abandoned home in Harlingen on Thursday.

The agency’s Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force was behind both arrests, according to new releases.

Jesus Eden Garcia, 45, was apprehended at a truck stop near Schunior Road and U.S. Highway 281, a news release said. He is accused of continuous sexual assault of a young child while he stayed in Dallas since Jan. 1, 2009.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Dallas contacted its McAllen office on Wednesday, which had developed information that that Garcia was in Edinburg.

Authorities found him inside a parked tractor-trailer and arrested him. He was sent to the Hidalgo County Jail and is awaiting extradition to Dallas.

Joshua Montenegro, 23, was wanted by the Weslaco Police Department for allegedly burglarizing the First Baptist Church on South Kansas Street in Weslaco on Jan. 13 with another man.

Police investigators found he had also burglarized a tire shop the same week and pawned the stolen items, which included musical instruments from the church, at store in Pharr.

Authorities said Montenegro fled after a warrant for his arrest was issued by the Weslaco Police Department.

The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force is comprised of various law enforcement officers in the area at the state, county and local level.


Jacqueline Armendariz covers law enforcement, courts and general assignments for The Monitor. She can be reached at and (956) 683-4434.



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