Brick Murder Suspect Caught In Texas

  BRICK – Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, of Brick, was caught in Houston, Texas, fleeing from a murder charge.

  An investigation revealed that she was responsible for the death of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, also of Brick, on May 17. The weapon is believed to be a “cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine,” police said.

  “It is our understanding that Gavilanez-Alectus traveled to Houston, from New York City by bus,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated.

  There, she was apprehended by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, and Houston Police Department. She is currently lodged in the Harris County Jail pending extradition to Ocean County. 

  “I am extremely grateful for the support of our Federal law enforcement partners, as well as our law enforcement partners in in Houston Texas,” stated Prosecutor Billhimer. “It is extremely satisfying when law enforcement works together and we are able to get a dangerous person like Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus into custody. We will immediately begin extradition proceedings to bring Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus back to Ocean County to answer for these charges. Justice for Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus weighs heavy on all of our minds.”

  She faces charges of Murder; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose. These charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law.

  Prosecutor Billhimer and Brick Police Chief James Riccio would like to acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, New York Police Department, United States Marshals Service, and Houston Police Department.