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Monday, April 28, 2014

Individual Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison For Carjacking

SAN JUAN, PR – Judge Juan Pérez-Giménez sentenced Luis A. García-Pagàn to 35 years in prison for the commission of a home invasion and carjacking on February 4, 2013, in which the victims were a medical doctor (ophthalmologist) and his young son.  The defendant was indicted by a Grand Jury on February 28, 2013 and was found guilty by a federal jury on December 18, 2013.

One of the victims testified at trial, in the early hours of February 4th, 2013, three subjects including Ricardo Urbina-Robles and Luis A. García-Pagàn, recently sentenced to 30 years in prison, for the commission of the same offense, entered his home carrying firearms and wearing masks.   During the next hour and a half, the defendant and other two individuals, attacked and threatened the doctor and his son multiple times. At one point, one of the assailants ordered the others to kill the doctor and his son, but the murder was not carried out.

The defendants took the doctor and his son from their room in the upper level of their home to the living room downstairs, where they stole a plasma TV and other valuables.   The individuals also stole around $40,000 from the safe and a 2000 grey Acura that belonged to the doctor.  At one point, García-Pagàn spoke with the victim in a bathroom, while the victim’s hands were tied and told the victim: “no salgas, no llames a la policía, usted se crió distinto que yo, así yo le doy de comer a mis hijos, usted va a tener una vida larga, a mí me van a matar en la calle o en la càrcel.”   (“Do not come out, do not call the police, you were raised different than me, I feed my kids this way, you are going to have a long life, I will get killed on the street or in jail.”) The vehicle was later found in the housing complex, after the assailants failed to exit the area with the vehicle.

Ricardo Urbina-Robles and Luis A. García-Pagàn were both indicted for the commission of this offense.  Urbina-Reyes plead guilty to all counts and received a sentence of 30 years in prison on April 2, 2014.

Updated April 14, 2015