AUSTIN (KXAN) — The suspect, George Mattox Jr., has been arrested and faces first-degree murder charges for the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Alvaro Rodriguez at the University Inn.
Austin Travis County 911 received a report that a person was shot at the 7800 block of North I-35 on Dec. 11 at around 2:06 p.m. Rodriguez was transported to the University Hospital at Brackenridge for a gunshot wound; he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
In the affidavit, police note Rodriguez’s car was parked in the far corner of the University Inn parking lot with all of the doors open. Items were scattered around the vehicle that police believe to be from the trunk of the car. Two small speakers were found in the trunk with wires all over the inside of the car; police believe the speakers may have needed repairs.
Police observed a live round of bullet casings an estimated three feet from the back bumper of the car, and a cartridge case a couple of feet away. Blood spatter was found on the ground near the trunk, with a trail of blood leading to the building where Rodriguez was found.
According to a witness in the affidavit, Rodriguez was hanging out in the parking lot fixing the speakers in the trunk of his car while the witness fell asleep in the vehicle. The witness told police she was awoken by Mattox, who she referred to as “Geo”, holding a gun to her head saying “right herself.” In the affidavit the witness told police she assumed Mattox was playing with her, which she says is a part of his character and that she knew he carried a gun.
She then noticed Mattox’s Jeep parked next to Rodriguez. Thinking she saw a baby in the back seat of the Jeep, the witness said she asked Mattox to turn down the music he was blasting; when he didn’t she took the keys out of the ignition. The affidavit states Mattox then became enraged and came up behind her trapping the witness in a “bear hug” while he yelled at her.
The witness told police, Mattox then approached Rodriguez pointing the gun directly at him, asking if he wanted to fight. According to the affidavit, Rodriguez held his hands up saying no and that Mattox didn’t need to point the gun at him. Mattox then pointed the gun at Rodriguez’s chest and shot him “point blank,” said the witness in the affidavit.
The witness said Mattox then left in his Jeep with the two women he came with. The affidavit states the witness told police she knew Mattox for years and was aware that he took part in human trafficking, even though she did not. Mattox was identified by the witness from a previous mug shot.
Mattox is currently being held on a $600,000 bond.