Arrest made in capital murder case from December

Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez was taken into custody without incident in the Houston area Saturday by a combined fugitive task force 

  • Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez (left) has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of April VanCleave at the Pavilion Apartments in December. (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
    Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez (left) has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of April VanCleave at the Pavilion Apartments in December. (Photo: Arlington Police Department)
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Arlington Police have announced an arrest in the capital murder of an Arlington woman at her apartment complex in mid-December.

Mario Hernan Lopez Gamez, 33, was arrested Saturday in the Houston area by detectives from the Arlington Police Department’s Fugitive Unit in coordination with U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force for the homicide of April VanCleave.

Gamez, identified in the arrest affidavit as a Honduran national, surrendered to the combined task force without incident. Bond was set at $150,000.

VanCleave was found shot to death Dec. 15 in the parking lot of the Pavilion Apartments in the 3500 block of Timberwood Circle.

According to the police report, VanCleave had agreed to an online exchange for Christmas money for her daughter. She had agreed to meet the buyer near the Target on South Cooper and Arbrook Boulevard for the exchange, but the buyer never showed up.

VanCleave then returned to her apartment complex where she was confronted in the parking lot by Gamez and shot during an altercation.  VanCleave later died from her injuries at a local hospital.

On Friday, Arlington detectives went to the Preston Valley Apartments in Dallas and spoke to the on-duty manager, who positively identified Gamez after being shown a series of photos of the person of interest.  

A second person shown with Gamez in a still picture of a surveillance camera has not been arrested and charged yet.

Arlington Scanner (Twitter: @AFD_APDScanner) contributed to this report.