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Suspected local gang member behind Arizona bars

Suspect accused of wounding two in April car-to-car shooting

Posted: May 26, 2009 6:43 p.m.
Updated: May 26, 2009 6:43 p.m.
 
Michael Ray Garcia, 25, a suspected gang member from Valencia accused of taking part in a recent shooting incident, is being held without bail at a Maricopa County Jail in Arizona, according to information released by the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on Tuesday.

Once extradited back to Santa Clarita, Garcia is expected to face at least two felony counts of attempted murder, said the Sheriff's Station news release.

"One thing is certain, Garcia won't victimize any other Santa Clarita valley residents again anytime soon," said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. "It is definitely reassuring to our community to know he is behind bars."

Detectives from the city of Santa Clarita/Sheriff's COBRA unit were actively searching for Garcia as a suspect in a shooting incident that occurred April 5 near Whites Canyon Road and Pleasantdale Street in Canyon Country.

Detectives believe Garcia to be the suspect that fired the shots in the car-to-car shooting that left two people wounded. They also believe there were two other people in the car with Garcia at the time of the shooting.

On April 8, the COBRA unit and the Community Interaction team served a search warrant in the 23000 block of Via Gayo, Valencia, Garcia's only known address at the time. Detectives missed Garcia, but did recover the vehicle they believed was used in the crime, eight rifles and two handguns, according to Sheriff's Station press release.

Garcia, who is a suspected gang member on parole for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, had been on the run since that day, according to sheriff's release.

Detectives worked closely with other agencies who together tracked Garcia down just after 2:30 p.m. last Thursday afternoon at the residence of a relative in Mesa, Ariz.

Garcia was booked at the Maricopa County jail on a felony parole violation. He is being held without bail pending extradition back to Santa Clarita, where he is expected to face counts of attempted murder, the Sheriff's Station information said.

Anyone with further information may contact Detective Pat O'neill at (661) 799-5154.

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