A Texas man suspected of sexually assaulting and killing a Los Angeles teen practically 25 years in the past has been charged within the chilly case slaying, authorities stated.
Jose Luis Garcia, 42, was arraigned Monday on a homicide cost within the demise of Gladys Arellano, whose partially-clothed physique was discovered on the backside of a ravine in Topanga Canyon close to Malibu on Jan. 30, 1996, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division said Wednesday.
Arellano, 17, had final been seen three days earlier at her residence within the metropolis’s Boyle Heights part, and an post-mortem revealed she had been sexually assaulted, crushed and strangled, authorities stated.
Proof was collected from Arellano’s physique and a DNA profile subsequently developed was entered into state and federal databases, though no matches have been discovered and the case remained chilly for greater than twenty years, sheriff officers stated.
That modified in November 2019 when Garcia was arrested in Los Angeles on a home violence cost and investigators uploaded his DNA to a state database that finally tied him to the slaying, Murder Lt. Hugo Reynaga instructed reporters Wednesday.
In December, detectives interviewed Garcia — who was 19 on the time of Arellano’s homicide — at his Fontana residence, the place they obtained a DNA pattern from him that was later decided to match a pattern culled from the teenager’s physique in 1996, authorities stated.
Garcia moved to Dallas after investigators visited his Fontana residence and he was arrested by US Marshals there on Sept. 29. He was later extradited to California earlier than being arraigned Monday. He’s at the moment being held on $1 million bail, authorities stated.
Arellano’s niece, Samantha Moreno, thanked investigators throughout Wednesday’s press convention for not giving up on the case that stumped authorities for practically a quarter-century.
“We’re happy to know that Jose Luis Garcia has been taken off the streets after 24-and-a-half years,” Moreno instructed reporters. “We would like nothing greater than for him to pay for his brutal crime.”
Arellano would have turned 42 later this month, Moreno stated.
Investigators stated Garcia and Arellano lived close to one another on the time, though no different connection is understood between them, the Los Angeles Times reported.