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4 arrested in case of missing Slaton man


Two men who were sought as people of interest in the case of a missing Slaton man have been arrested, along with two others.

The search also continues for  Celestino Rodriguez, 79, who has been missing since Aug. 3

The Lubbock Police Department announced David Hampton, 53, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon (Aug. 15) by the Abilene Police Department in Abilene.

Police report that Hampton surrendered himself to the Abilene police around 2:15 p.m. He was booked into the Taylor County Detention Center on a warrant for felony debit/credit card abuse. He was arrested without incident

Police also reported the second man, Brett Garza, 33, was arrested at approximately 10 p.m. Wednesday night (Aug. 14)  in the 3000 block of 49th St. on charges of felony debit/credit card abuse.

Also taken into custody was Amanda Blagburn, 33, around 8:30 p.m. at Burger King at University Avenue and Loop 289.

A third man, Toby Daughtry, 39, was also arrested.

Daughtry and Blagburn were arrested on charges of unauthorized use of Rodriguez’ vehicle.

According to police reports, an officer spotted Daughtry walking along a highway and stopped him to see if he was in need of assistance.

Daughtry told police about the stolen car allegedly given to him by Hampton.

A search warrant written out for Daughtry stated to police that Hampton told him “they” had beaten an old man and left him in the country outside of Lubbock.

When asked who “they” were, Daughtry said that he believed Hampton was referring to himself and Garza.

Police say Daughtry told them he and Blagburn drove the vehicle to Milam County, near the town of Milano before abandoning it.

The vehicle, a 2014 white Chrysler 200, was later found in Temple by a Milam County Deputy on Aug. 7.

Arrest warrants for Hampton and Garza state surveillance video had been obtained from several businesses allegedly showing Garza and Hampton at each one working together and benefitting from the unauthorized use of a debit card.

Daughtry, Blagburn, Hampton and Garza are currently in police custody.

There is a fifth man sought in the case, allegedly using Rodriguez’ card at a Dollar General in Lubbock.

Members of the Lubbock Police Department and Sheriff’s Office reported they have teams searching for Rodriguez.

He is approximately 5-feet-7 inches high and weighs 155 pounds.

He has grey hair and brown eyes, and has a C.H.R. tattoo on his upper left arm.

Rodriguez is also a medicine dependent diabetic. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan polo shirt, and tan slip-on Sketchers.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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