Hate Crime Suspect Arrested

Studio City: Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Area detectives announced the arrest of a Stalking/Criminal Threats suspect

On Wednesday,October 25, around 5:00 a.m., the victims, identified as being of Jewish descent, were at home and asleep at their residence in the 3000 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. They were awakened by the suspect, later identified as Daniel Garcia, described as a male, Hispanic, wearing only underwear attempting to kick in their rear door. The suspect was heard yelling, "Free Palestine," and "Kill Jews, kill Jews."

One of the victims, in fear Garcia was about to enter the home, immediately engaged Garcia by pushing him away from the door. Garcia continued to yell and threaten to kill the victims. North Hollywood Patrol officers responded, and Garcia was taken into custody.

North Hollywood Detectives conducted further investigation into the incident. Garcia, possibly suffering from mental illness, acted alone and his actions appeared motivated by the victims' religious beliefs. In addition, it appeared Garcia may have prior contacts with the victims.

Garcia was subsequently booked at Van Nuys Jail for 646.9 PC (Stalking), and 422 PC (Criminal Threats) with a Hate Crime enhancement. His bail is currently set at $225,000. Booking Number 6700064.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact North Hollywood Detectives at 818-754-8301. During non-business hours, or on weekends, contact 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit http://www.lapdonline.org and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

 

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