• Young County Sheriff Travis Babcock searches in a helicopter during a manhunt along Hwy. 16 S for a Palo Pinto man with multiple charges Wednesday, Aug. 3. Roberto Damian Rodriguez-Garay, 30, was still at large as of Thursday afternoon.
    (THOMAS WALLNER | THE GRAHAM LEADER) Young County Sheriff Travis Babcock searches in a helicopter during a manhunt along Hwy. 16 S for a Palo Pinto man with multiple charges Wednesday, Aug. 3. Roberto Damian Rodriguez-Garay, 30, was still at large as of Thursday afternoon.

YCSO, GPD assist with US Marshal search

A manhunt is underway in Young County for a Palo Pinto County man with multiple charges including assault with a deadly weapon, assault of a family member by impeding breathing, and abandoning or endangering a child.

The Young County Sheriff’s Office and Graham Police Department are working with the U.S. Marshals Service and other governing agencies to search for Roberto Damian Rodriguez-Garay, 30.
Rodriguez-Garay was last seen Wednesday afternoon in the Salem Loop area of Hwy. 16 S. He was wearing a grey shirt, blue jeans and a straw hat, according to Young County Sheriff Travis Babcock. Rodriguez-Garay is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. According to a Palo Pinto County Jail listing, Rodriguez-Garay has black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his left arm and chest.

He is considered to be dangerous, and community members are warned not to approach him and to call 911 immediately if seen.

GPD Chief Brent Bullock confirmed a K-9 unit was sent to the area to track following a foot chase with a YCSO deputy. Babcock assisted in the search via helicopter. According to the Young County blotter, the GPD K-9 was requested at 3:53 p.m. The unit arrived at 4:18 p.m., and searched the area until 6:53 p.m.

“This has nothing to do with the body (found behind) Victory Street,” Babcock said in a phone call. “Another thing (...) there was no escaped inmate. This person is a bad guy running from the law and he was working over there on a house, we approached him and he ran on foot.”

The fugitive was still at large, as of Thursday afternoon.

Rodriguez-Garay was booked into the Palo Pinto County Jail on April 14, 2021, on six charges. He was released on a bond amount of $240,025, on July, 7, 2021.

According to Palo Pinto County Jail records, Rodriguez-Garay was previously arrested in November 2017, September 2019 and November 2019, all on similar charges.

The Graham Leader is continuing to follow this story and has requests for additional information sent to the U.S. Marshals Service and Palo Pinto County District Clerk’s Office. This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Graham Leader

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