According to a recent report on Dallas News, an angry teen jacked a car from an innocent victim this past Sunday in east Oak Cliff. Lucio Mariano Garcia is 17, and is now being held in the Dallas County Jail after being arrested for his crime. He is being held on charges of aggravated robbery and arson. He allegedly stole an Impala and drove it to a secluded spot where he set the car on fire and watched it become engulfed in the orange flames.
Originally, Garcia had asked for a ride, and a stranger generously moved over to allow him to get into the car. Garcia was with a friend, who also participated in the hitchhiking scheme. Supposedly, one of the suspects pulled a gun on their generous driver not long into the drive, and demanded him and another passenger out of the car. The gunman supposedly fired several shots in the car top scare the victims but no one was injured. The robbers demanded that the victims give them all the cash in their possession, and were able to gather about $440 worth. The victims contacted the police immediately and law enforcement discovered Garcia at his home the next day.
They found the charred car in a vacant Oak Cliff parking lot. If you have been accused of aggravated robbery or arson, you may spend years in prison for your crimes. In Texas, arson alone can merit a second degree felony. This means that the offender can be sent to jail for up to 20 years and not less than 2 years. The suspect can also be fined up to $10,000 for the crime. Aggravated robbery can be a first degree felony according to the Texas Penal Code § 29.03. Contact a criminal defense attorney in Dallas today if you need help defending yourself in a criminal trial. At the D’Amore Law Firm, our goal is to help you through your case and work towards the best outcome we can obtain for you!