Husband of missing woman claims harassment



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Posted on July 20, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 20 at 8:14 PM

The estranged husband of a missing Austin woman claims he is now the victim of harassment and vandalism.

Julie Ann Gonzalez disappeared in March. Her estranged husband, George De La Cruz, now has full custody of their two year old daughter, which has created a lot of tension between his family and hers.
Someone smashed in De La Cruz's car windshield with a brake disc. The vehicle was parked in front of his South Austin home. His attorney, Patrick Fagerberg, claims it is just one of several threatening actions against De La Cruz.
The act of criminal mischief happened after a custody hearing for his and Julie Ann’s two-year-old daughter.
“We feel whoever is doing this is retaliating. It’s for us not giving the family custody or access to Layla,” said Fagerberg.
De La Cruz is also receiving threatening emails and others are repeatedly driving by his south Austin home.  
“At this point we’ve had to have 24-hour cameras installed to try and ensure this doesn’t happen,” said Fagerberg.
Julie Ann Gonzalez mysteriously disappeared on March 26. Her family believes her estranged husband George De La Cruz knows what happened.
“Our mission is to find Julie, not to harass anyone. We just want to find Julie,” said Julie Ann’s mother Sandra Soto.
APD is investigating the report of criminal mischief at De La Cruz’s home.
De La Cruz now has full custody of their daughter, and no longer allows Julie Ann’s mother to see her granddaughter.   
“It hurts that we haven’t seen Layla, and in the end the truth will come out,” said Soto.
In May, APD executed a search warrant at the home George De La Cruz. Police carried out bags of evidence. The contents of those bags are unknown after a judge sealed the search warrant.
A custody hearing for the two year old is scheduled for August 5.
Julie Ann’s family is offering a $20,000 reward for information about her disappearance.
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