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CONTACT:

June 15, 2007

Eastern District of Washington
Deputy U.S. Marshal Jim Batey (509) 946-9423, or
U.S. Marshals Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

VIOLENT GANG MEMBER ON THE RUN AFTER DARING JAIL ESCAPE:
U.S. MARSHALS ADD HIM TO 15 MOST WANTED FUGITIVE LIST

   

On the night of November 30, 2006, Aaron Lopez Garcia and three other inmates escaped from the Sunnyside, Washington city jail. While luck ran out for his escape cohorts who were tracked down and captured, Garcia’s fortune of freedom continues. However, it may soon end due to his new status – a fugitive on the U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list.

“We added Aaron Garcia to the Marshals 15 Most Wanted list because his extensive criminal history illustrated the danger he posed to society,” said U.S. Marshal Michael Kline of the Eastern District of Washington. “Elevating him to our list hopefully will result in his capture, and we will leave no stone unturned until we make that happen.”

Garcia, 29, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals for escape and firearms violations. On February 10, 2005, Garcia was in a vehicle that almost caused an accident. When the vehicle was stopped, officers observed a handgun on the floor board next to Garcia, who was sitting in the backseat. He was taken into custody and charged with illegal possession of a weapon, and his charge was referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which brought federal charges against him. Garcia went to trial and was found guilty.

He is a documented member of the Nortenos gang, and has known a life of crime since he was a juvenile. Garcia has been charged and convicted of a number of offenses to include several firearm possessions, robbery, domestic violence, drug possession, burglary, and assault.

Garcia is a Hispanic male who has black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 185 pounds. He has the gang name “NORTENOS” tattooed on his chest in large script.

“We urge the public to stay on the lookout for Aaron Garcia,” said Marshal Kline. “He is considered armed and dangerous.”

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his capture. If you have any information about the whereabouts of Garcia, please contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Service office or call the U.S. Marshals at 1-800-336-0102.

For more information, go to the U.S. Marshals web site at www.usmarshals.gov.

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