- Texas fugitive Gilbert Garza, 33, surrendered voluntarily on Tuesday
- Says he was shocked to find himself on the state's top-ten most wanted list
- Is charged with three felony counts of obstruction, unusual for a most-wanted
- But cops say those charges stem from investigation into a home burglary
- A woman, 97, was burglarized twice and pepper sprayed, cops say
- Married father Garza says he's left gang life behind no
A fugitive on Texas' top ten most wanted list has voluntarily surrendered himself to cops.
Gilbert Garza, 33, turned himself in at the Travis County Justice Complex in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, just weeks after the state put him on its most wanted list.
Garza said he was shocked to find out that he was on the state's most wanted list, and wanted to let the public know that he isn't 'armed and dangerous.'
'It's a prior life. He's moved on in his life, living a peaceful existence with his wife and children,' his attorney, Rachel Messer, told Fox 7.
Gilbert Garza seen saying an emotional goodbye to loved ones as he turns himself in to authorities on Tuesday in Austin, Texas
Garza decided to turn himself in upon learning that he had been placed on Texas' top-ten most wanted list
Authorities believe Garza to be anything but a peaceful family man, however.
In January of 2016, police suspected Garza of burglarizing the home of a 97-year-old woman.
When police went to question him, he somehow escaped.
'He's moved on in his life, living a peaceful existence with his wife and children,' said Garza's attorney, Rachel Messer (right, pictured with her client far left)
A few days later, police say, Garza and an accomplice returned to the same house and burglarized it a second time, spraying the 97-year-old woman with pepper spray when she confronted them.
When deputies visited Garza for questioning again, he yelled that he was going to kill them if they entered his house, police say.
'We do run into this failed memory, and this forgetfulness,' Deputy U.S. Marshal Hector Gomez of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force said, musing on Garza's protestations of innocence.
Gomez pointed out Garza's criminal history of arrest for assault and burglary. Authorities say the man is a confirmed member of the Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos gang.
But Garza's lawyers say he's left gang life behind, and argue that the obstruction charges are too minor to be a 'most wanted' felon.
Garza is currently being held on bond of $750,000.
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