Two Mountain View residents arrested in December on suspicion of sex and labor trafficking may be responsible for crimes against other victims, and police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying them so as to offer aid.
Carlos Garza, also known as Gabino Galvez and Mynor Tobar, and his sister, Evelia De Maria Galvez, are suspected of illegally bringing Guatemalan immigrants to the United States and intimidating them to keep silent about the operation and about crimes committed against them, according to a Mountain View Police Department press release.
Police arrested Garza Dec. 20 on suspicion of multiple counts of human trafficking and Galvez on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime and for intimidation of a victim.
Reports about an attempted sexual assault on a teenage girl led officers and detectives to Garza’s home on the 1900 block of Latham Street Oct. 4, the release stated. As many as 12 people from multiple families shared his two-bedroom apart- ment.
Conversations with victims and witnesses enabled officers to piece together a disturbing narrative in which the siblings allegedly helped numerous adults and minors illegally gain access to the U.S. and then forced their human cargo into submission. Officials allege Garza repeatedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl and accepted money so that other men could rape her as well. They believe Galvez threatened the assaulted girl with consequences should she reveal information about the crimes.
“Detectives are asking that anyone who may be a victim of either Garza or Galvez come forward so that we can contact them and assist them,” officials said in the release. “We want to ensure not only that every victim is safe, but that they are receiving victim services, outreach services and any additional assistance they may need.”
– Megan V. Winslow