could you link the other assaults pretty please?
Here ya go:
In another article, it stated that the Perp worked at one of the Safeways mentioned above in 2010. It also stated that DNA evidence that allowed the police to link him to Sierra also linked him to one of these three Safeway assaults.
The police haven't mentioned the first roadside assault of the teen a few days after SL went missing that I linked this morning. But with the use of the stun gun and a red car, I would think its him.
Detectives secretly placed a GPS device on Antolin Garcia-Torres' red Jetta. They searched the Morgan Hill trailer he shared with his mother, pregnant wife and toddler daughter. They questioned him several times and collected as evidence his blankets, pillows, boots and clothes. Around the clock for nearly two months, sheriff's detectives kept him under surveillance -- hoping he would lead them to missing 15-year-old Sierra LaMar.
On Tuesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith explained why detectives finally arrested the 21-year-old high school dropout Monday night and why they believe that even without blood or a body, Sierra LaMar is dead.
His DNA was on her clothing folded in her Juicy-brand bag that was found tossed into a field two days after she vanished, Smith said. And clinching the case just days ago, the crime lab matched Sierra's DNA with items found in Garcia-Torres' red Jetta, confiscated by police in early April. In cases like this -- stranger abductions that Smith called the worst type of crime -- experts have indicated that most victims are killed within three-and-a-half hours.
It's a conclusion that Sierra's mother, Marlene LaMar, doesn't want to believe. At a news conference Tuesday, every time the sheriff repeated that Sierra was surely dead, LaMar -- standing pale and trembling behind her -- shook her head.
"As a mother, I'm hopeful. Her body has not been found, and that gives us hope," LaMar said. Then she made a personal plea to Garcia-Torres: "Lead us to Sierra, and end this nightmare."
'It's not him'
Garcia-Torres' sister, however, is convinced authorities have the wrong man.
"It's not him," Lucero Garcia told this newspaper Tuesday. He lives with his mother, wife and daughter in a cramped trailer in the Maple Leaf RV Park on Monterey and Watsonville roads -- about seven miles south of Sierra's home. He has worked lately doing odd jobs for friends, including pruning trees.
His mother, Laura Torres, said the family was well aware he was under surveillance; they found GPS devices under his and her cars. When police seized his car on April 7, he told her, "I've never seen that lady. I've never made contact with her."
Garcia-Torres worked at Safeway on Tennant Avenue in Morgan Hill as recently as 2010 -- the same Safeway where he was arrested at gunpoint Monday night. With evidence in the Sierra case, police have also linked him to a 2009 Taser assault of a woman in her car in that Safeway parking lot.
Interrogating Garcia-Torres for several hours Monday night failed to reveal further clues to Sierra's whereabouts. But teams continued to search Uvas Reservoir and other south county waterways Tuesday, and a previously scheduled volunteer search will go forward as planned Wednesday.
"I'm glad they have a lead," said Karah Silacci, 38, of Gilroy, who has volunteered on several searches for Sierra based at Burnett School in Morgan Hill. "But I'm refusing to listen to the murder part."
Sierra's disappearance made headlines across the country and mobilized hundreds of volunteers after the high school student -- who transferred from Fremont's Washington High School in the fall -- vanished March 16 on her way to a bus stop on a country road around the corner from her home.
Patient police work, FBI profiling, DNA and circumstantial evidence all led to Garcia-Torres, Smith said. It was made all the more difficult, she said, because it appears to have been purely random.
Within two days of her disappearance, detectives found Sierra's cellphone tossed into a field near her home, then in a field two miles away, her bag. Authorities still either don't know or won't say whether they were clothes she was wearing at the time of the kidnapping or spare clothes she kept in her bag.
The first major breakthrough came on March 28 -- 12 days after Sierra's disappearance -- when the crime lab came back with news that DNA found on Sierra's clothing matched Garcia-Torres. His DNA coding was already in the law enforcement database.
In May 2009, police reports show that Garcia-Torres was arrested for obstructing justice when Morgan Hill police arrived at his former home looking for a probationer believed to be living there. Garcia-Torres repeatedly cursed at officers and told them to leave. Later, while being held in a town jail cell awaiting booking, he reportedly overflowed the cell's toilet and engraved graffiti into a bench. Police added a charge of vandalism, and he was sentenced to 10 days in jail and one year probation.
Linked to assaults
In June 2010, he was arrested on suspicion of felony battery by sheriff's deputies after allegedly punching a tenant who owed his mother rent, according to the report. Charges were never filed in that case.
Evidence collected in the Sierra case also led authorities to believe Garcia-Torres was involved in at least one of three unsolved nighttime assaults in a pair of Safeway stores in Morgan Hill in 2009, Smith said. In one case, a man hid in the back of a parked car before accosting a female driver with the Taser.
The bigger breakthrough in the Sierra case came just days ago, when the crime lab came back with a positive match of Sierra's DNA in the red Jetta.
A command center established on the fourth floor of the Santa Clara County sheriff's office at one time had as many as 80 people monitoring hot lines, where more than 2,000 tips poured in, and plotting search maps.
Stranger abductions are rare. Out of 800,000 missing children nationwide, about 150 a year are kidnapped or killed by strangers, according to the National Criminal Information Center database.
Although some 43 juveniles have been reported missing in Santa Clara County since January 2011, most of those have been reconciled, as runaways or involving parents, a sheriff's source said. Detectives realized from the first day that Sierra's disappearance was unusual.
Other agencies help
A full month after the abduction, Smith said in an interview she was still focusing on little else. And despite speculation that the kidnapper could have hopped on nearby Highway 101 and driven hundreds of miles away in either direction within minutes, Smith maintained she was confident the suspect was in the area and knew it well. Garcia-Torres was born in the San Martin area just south of Morgan Hill.
Smith invited several agencies to help with the investigation, she said, including the U.S. Marshal's office and the FBI, which helped develop both victim and suspect profiles. The FBI said it was unlikely the suspect had a record for sex offenses, she said, but he might have prior attempted abductions. That also helped lead detectives to the three assaults in the Safeway parking lots.
Smith says ample evidence has been collected, including forensic evidence and direct and circumstantial evidence that "contributes to our belief that Sierra is a victim of murder." Some of that circumstantial evidence includes the fact that Sierra was a very social 15-year-old, the sheriff said, constantly tweeting and calling her friends. Not a soul has heard from her.
But Marlene LaMar still holds out hope.
"I believe there's a reason she wasn't found," she said. "We're not going to give up on that."
Contact Julia Prodis Sulek at 408-278-3409.
timeline for 15-year-old sierra lamar's disappearance
March 16: 15-year-old Sierra LaMar disappears on the way to school.
March 17: Sierra's black Samsung Galaxy cellphone is found a few blocks from the bus stop.
March 18: Sierra's pink Juicy-brand bag, with a neatly folded T-shirt and pants inside, is found down the road from where the phone was discovered.
March 28: Investigators begin 24-hour surveillance of Antolin Garcia-Torres after DNA evidence from the bag is linked to him.
April 7: Investigators seize Garcia-Torres' red Volkswagen Jetta, which has a black hood.
May 21: Sheriff's deputies arrest Garcia-Torres in front of a Morgan Hill Safeway store after the crime lab determines Sierra's DNA was in the Jetta.
Tuesday: Sheriff Laurie Smith says Garcia-Torres kidnapped and killed Sierra.
I volunteered to search for Sierra several times. As it turns out, I know some people who know who this Garcia-Torres dipshit is. More specifically, they know his dumbass wife, who insists on bashing Sierra and calling her a ho among other things on Facebook. Francine (suspect's wife) doesn't know Sierra, but I guess she feels that if she makes the little girl look bad, her husband won't be considered a piece of trash for what he did. She bases her assumptions on Sierra's tweets, which are mostly quotes I've seen before or just teen foolery (she says things like "I get my dick sucked" - obviously not the case, LOL).
Link to Francine's idiocy:
NOTE: I don't know the girl who's page was just linked, she is a friend of a friend.
That woman is in crazy denial.
This dipshit lives down the road from my mom. Down. The. Road.
Yikes, that is gross.
even the girlfriend's sister is talking shit about sierra,i bet if that WAS their daughter they wouldn't be saying any of that.
Not sure if this adds much to all of this. This is the twitter account of the suspect's cousin. She too does not seem to bright. Accroding to her it looks like they are going with that he found Sierra's purse, hence the DNA. Of course that doesnt explain how her DNA was in his car, or involved with the previous assault years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if by the time this goes to trial, he will say that he was secretly dating Sierra, expecially if they find his DNA all over the place. As of now, his alibi for that day is that he was fishing. It is amazing what avid outdoorsmen all of this suspected murderes are.. ;)
Also, they are some, ahem, interesting pics on this twitter account. If you are into that sort of thing.
I am pretty sure the account is real. The boobs are fake and gross. If you go through her feed she sent them several times to other girls however, kind of like a dude sending a dick pic. The actual pictures may not be of her though, she could have just found some random ones on the internet. She lives in the LA area and I get the porn vibe from her. Or maybe just a general ho bag vibe from her. If the suspects wife thinks Sierra is a ho, I wonder what her opinion of her babby daddy's cousin is.
from reading other boards and whisperings, there is lots of chatter about him being linked to more rapes, attempted abuctions, possibly murders etc over the last 4 years than the ones the police have already mentioned. All heresay at this point, but my gut tells me this case is going to be pretty big.
You guys are arguing the tits, but did you see the face??
A body was found in Pleasanton about 2 hours ago. No word on the identity yet.
PLEASANTON, Calif. - A body was found near Dublin Canyon Road in Pleasanton on Thursday. There was no immediate indication that the dead female is the missing Morgan Hill girl, Sierra Lamar.
Investigators blocked off Dublin Canyon Road for two miles, from Laurel Creek Drive to Foothill Road. The Alameda County Coroner's Office took the body and drove away in a van at 3 p.m.
Pleasanton is on the northern end of Santa Clara County, about 45 miles north from where Sierra was kidnapped on the southern end of the county on March 16.
Santa Clara County Sheriff's search teams spent May taking sonar images and diving into waterways in and around Morgan Hill while attempting to find the missing 15-year-old girl.
Read more: http://www.ksbw.com/news/central-cal...#ixzz1vpgZQ04y
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