SOUTH COUNTY – Early this morning around 1:15 AM, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Taqueria Arandas Restaurant at 25598 Ih-45 in South Montgomery County in reference to a shooting.

Patrol Deputies arrived and found that a private security guard, Jose Maximino Benitez (34 YOA) of Spring Texas that had been working at Taqueria Arandas Restaurant had been shot. Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male and said that the suspect walked up to the counter and began shooting at the security guard.

The suspect fled the restaurant and got into the passenger-side of a white Chrysler 300. The victim was taken by ground ambulance to Herman Northwest Hospital where he died around 2:30 AM this morning. The vehicle that the suspect left in was reported stolen from a nearby apartment complex.

There were numerous witness and detectives from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit learned that the victim had confronted the suspect sometime within the last month about the suspect parking illegally in a handicap zone in front of Taqueria Arandus Restaurant.  Witnesses told investigators that the suspect had threaten the victim.

Investigators have identified the suspect as Fidencio Martinez Maravillo Dob 12-19-1983 (26 Yoa) of Spring and a warrant has been issued for murder.  Maravillo should be considered armed and dangerous.  (Photo Attached below)

Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators have worked throughout the night and into the afternoon conducting interviews and examining evidence.  The Sheriff’s Office is following up on all leads available in order to track down and arrest Maravillo.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 936-760-5876 or Dispatch 24 hrs at 936-760-5800.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment of a felony crime.   Call 800-392-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips can also be made through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers Web Page at

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