Authorities in Lubbock are asking for the public's help in locating two men who are wanted in connection to the disappearance of an elderly Slaton man. According to a press release from the Lubbock Police Department, the men are believed to have ties to San Angelo, Abilene, San Antonio, Temple/Belton, Waco, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth.
The LPD Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit has obtained felony arrest warrants for Brett Garza and David Wayne Hampton in connection with the suspicious disappearance of 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez.
Rodriguez went missing on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. On that afternoon, Garza and Hampton used Rodriguez’s debit bank card at multiple Lubbock business locations. MSCU investigators were able to secure the felony arrest warrants for Garza and Hampton as a result of this fraudulent activity. The warrants were issued for credit/debit card abuse of an elderly individual 65 years of age or older. Their bonds have been set at $75,000.
Lubbock Police describe Garza as a white male. He is 6 feet tall and 205 lbs.
Hampton is a white male, who is five feet, five inches tall and 140 lbs. Both men are known to live and work in the Lubbock area.
Kerby and Wade Law Offices in Lubbock has dedicated an additional $1,500 in combination with any available Crime Line reward, bringing the total possible reward to $2,000 for information that helps locate Rodriguez; or secures the arrests of Garza and/or Hampton.
Anyone with information leading to the arrest of either Garza or Hampton; or first-hand information concerning the location of Rodriguez is encouraged to contact Det. Gerber at 806-777-0396; or call Crime Line at 806-741-1000.
Callers may remain anonymous.