David Dodd 10:32 a.m., May 25
Hugo Elmer Garcia committed nine felonies during a violent crime spree in Escondido on the night of May 18, 2011. A jury at the Vista courthouse deliberated for about an hour before declaring the defendant guilty this morning, May 9.
Garcia’s personal crime wave included multiple kidnaps, rapes, burglaries, and robbery. Then 18 years old, Garcia was stopped in a stolen Ford Explorer by ICE agent Derek Hester the same night of the crimes, a little before 10 p.m. Agent Hester said he removed a loaded, six-shot .22 caliber revolver from the front pocket of Garcia’s pants.
A juris criminal-history report in his file states that Garcia was born in El Salvador. His case is flagged for immigration review.
Garcia, now 19, will be sentenced on the morning of June 12.