McLean, TX – Federal authorities on Friday charged an undocumented Mexican immigrant with weapons possession after he was arrested Tuesday in McLean with a loaded, cocked revolver.
Omar Garcia-Vasquez, 44, was charged Friday in Amarillo’s U.S. District Court with illegal alien in possession of a firearm.
Shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday, a Gray County sheriff’s deputy responded to a “man with a gun” call in McLean after a resident called and said a neighbor threatened his family, according to a federal criminal complaint.
The deputy drove to the 600 block of South Main Street and found a Hispanic man getting out of a pickup. The caller pointed out the truck to the deputy and said the person in the truck made the threat. The deputy approached the man in the pickup, later identified as Garcia-Vasquez, and saw he appeared to be intoxicated, according to a federal agent’s affidavit.
The deputy asked the man what the issue was and Garcia-Vazquez, who had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, said he was going to kill a person, according to the affidavit. The officer then asked where the weapon was and the man indicated it was in the pickup. The deputy spotted a cocked, .22-caliber revolver on the pickup’s console, retrieved it and arrested Garcia-Vasquez on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon.
Two days later, Garcia-Vasquez was taken to the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement Office in Amarillo, where his fingerprints were entered into a federal database. Based on records checks, officers confirmed that Garcia-Vazquez was a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally.
Further checks revealed that Garcia-Vazquez had been removed from the United States four times, most recently in 2008, and had not obtained permission to return to the United States.
Garcia-Vasquez remains in the Randall County jail under an immigrant hold, pending further court hearings in the case.