Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The investigation indicated that on April 11, Gomez exchanged text messages with the girl and confirmed the second meeting location in McAllen. Law enforcement authorities observed Gomez drive past the meeting location several times before he again fled the scene at a high rate of speed. According to McAllen police officers, Gomez violated several traffic laws as he sped away which resulted in damage to his vehicle. After Gomez abandoned the vehicle downtown, McAllen police officers located and arrested him at a McAllen thrift store. Law enforcement officials conducted a search of Gomez and confiscated his cell phone, which revealed the sexually explicit text messages he had exchanged with the girl.
At the time of his arrest, Gomez indicated that he was employed in the food service industry in the City of Pharr. He also indicated he is not a U.S. citizen.
For more information on Attorney General Abbott’s efforts to crack down on sex predators, visit the attorney general’s website at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov or call (800) 252-8011.