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Man who broke into Austin woman's home and strangled her arrested in Houston

In March 2018, Austin Police say Bienvenido La Guardia, 45, attacked a woman in her home. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

UPDATE: U.S. Marshals say Bienvenido La Guardia was arrested Wednesday, April 18, at a hotel room in Houston, Texas.

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In March 2018, Austin Police say Bienvenido La Guardia, 45, attacked a woman in her home.

"He takes his hands and puts them around her throat, which obstructs her airway. That causes dizziness, and she reported having pain to her neck, her head, as well as her eyes," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

He also pointed a gun at the victim, and this wasn't the first time he had targeted her.

"He had been convicted of assault in Harris County [in 2017] on this particular victim, so a protective order was put in place," said Filla.

La Guardia left in a black BMW and hasn't been seen since. But US Marshals believe someone in the Austin area is helping him with transportation -- and they want that person to come forward.

"This is our warning to that individual that is out there watching this now to report that incident or report his assistance to law enforcement to hopefully prevent him from any further investigation that could bring charges on himself," said Filla.

Authorities say until La Guardia is behind bars, this victim won't be safe.

"This is a violent encounter from someone she wants to be protected from because she feels that he's threatening to kill her, which he did. He pointed a firearm at this victim," said Filla.

If you have any information about Bienvenido La Guardia call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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