Man arrested after woman was found dead inside La Marque home, police say

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LA MARQUE, Texas – A suspect has been arrested after police say they found a woman’s dead body inside a La Marque home earlier this week.

According to La Marque Police Department’s Lt. Forrest Gandy, 34-year-old Carlos Heriberto Lara-Balcazar was arrested on Thursday after detectives reportedly found discarded evidence in a dumpster.

The evidence was said to lead authorities to Lara-Balcazar.

After authorities issued an arrest warrant, Lara-Balcazar was located at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of Broadway and was arrested. He reportedly received several injuries during the arrest.

He was charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence and is currently being held in the Galveston Co. Jail on a $40,000 bond.

Gandy says he may possibly receive more charges as the investigation continues.

Additionally, Gandy says investigators believe Lara-Balcazar knew the victim and that this incident was not “random.”

Here’s what happened:

A woman’s body was found in a home in La Marque Tuesday, officers with the La Marque Police Department said.

Police were called to the 1300 block of Green Jay Lane where 57-year-old Maria Rios was found dead inside a house just before 5 p.m.

According to La Marque Police Deputy Chief Chad Waggoner, foul play was more than likely involved in Rios’ death.

Authorities also said Rios was the owner of a cleaning company.

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