Suspect in custody in Madison County sexual assault case

Michael Joseph Garza (Source: Madison County Jail)
Michael Joseph Garza (Source: Madison County Jail)
Computer generated sketch of offender (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Dept.)
Computer generated sketch of offender (Source: Madison County Sheriff's Dept.)

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Madison County Sheriff's Department have arrested a suspect in the sexual assault of a teenager leaving Hastings Coffee Shop.

Michael Joseph Garza, 23 years old, is charged with sexual abuse first degree and attempted rape first degree.

He is being taken to the Madison County Jail on a $60,000 bond.

Police said they caught him based on tips they got from people who saw the stories on TV.

"Anytime when the only thing you have is a composite of that nature where his face is covered up, it's a challenge," said Madison County Investigator Brett Patterson.  "It's going to take good police work and good information from the community so anytime it's like that it's a challenge and tonight, good police work, great cooperation from other law enforcement agencies, we've got this guy behind bars."

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