FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lt. Chris Wynn, 760-839-4700
On May 18, 2011, at approximately 1707 hours, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a 911 call from a female reporting that she had been robbed and sexually assaulted. The incident occurred in the 1600 Block of East Valley Parkway. Additionally, the woman reported that the suspect had taken her vehicle. The stolen vehicle was described as a 2000 Ford Expedition, two-tone in color. The bottom of the vehicle was tan in color and the top was off white. The vehicle was described as having a chrome rear license plate frame.
At approximately 2128 hours, the Escondido Police Department Communications Center received a 911 call regarding an attempted armed robbery that had just occurred. The female reporting party stated that as she was leaving her place of employment in the 1500 Block of East Valley Parkway, a male suspect, armed with a handgun, attempted to rob her. She and a companion fled the area on foot and called the police. The suspect left the area driving a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle taken in the earlier robbery and sexual assault.
Escondido Police and ICE units arrived in the area within two minutes. Two ICE officers, working in conjunction with the Escondido Police Department, observed the suspect vehicle in a parking lot near the intersection of East Valley Parkway and Beech Street. A single male occupant was contacted inside of the vehicle and was found to be in possession of a firearm. The vehicle was confirmed to be the vehicle stolen earlier in the evening. The male suspect was identified by both victims from the second incident. The suspect was placed under arrest and was later positively identified as the suspect from the robbery & sexual assault by the initial victim.
The suspect has been identified as Jugo Elmer Garcia, 18 years old. Garcia will be booked into the Vista Detention Facility for 2 counts of armed robbery, 2 counts of attempted armed robbery, 1 count of rape, 1 count of auto theft and 1 count of possession of a loaded firearm. The investigation is continuing and additional charges are being evaluated. In addition to the state charges, it was determined that Garcia is an ICE fugitive. He was ordered to leave the country in January of this year and failed to comply with that order.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this senseless act of violence," said Robert Culley, acting field office director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in San Diego. "This arrest is the result of an extraordinary collaboration between local and federal law enforcement. I commend the officers involved for their swift action which led to the capture of this violent and dangerous suspect. We are committed to using our unique immigration enforcement authorities to protect our communities from criminal aliens and others who pose a threat to public safety."
Escondido Police Chief Jim Maher expressed the same sentiments regarding this case. "We owe our ICE partners credit for finding the suspect before he could continue his crime spree and victimize others. This case, and many others, exemplify how valuable the program is to our community."
This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information, or who may have come into contact with the suspect is encouraged to the contact Detective John Myers at 760-839-4782.
All press inquiries should be directed to Lt. Chris Wynn at 760-839-4700 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our Anonymous Tip Line at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at www.escondido.org/police