On July 24, 2020, at about 04:22 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department located Mario Garcia walking in the vicinity of Hodgson Street and J Street. Garcia was taken into custody without incident. He was booked in the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges: PC 215(a), PC 207(a), PC 245 (a)(1), PC 211, PC422, VC 10851, VC 487, PC 243 and PC 1203.2 and being held on $90,000 bail.
On July 22, 2020, at about 8:37 p.m., an officer of the Eureka Police Department was contacted by a woman who wished to report that she had just been carjacked. The victim reported to the officer that she and a friend had been carjacked at gunpoint, while they were sitting in her parked vehicle at the 2100 block of Spring Street. The victim identified the suspect as Mario Marcel Garcia (40 of Eureka).
The victim said Garcia forced his way into the driver seat of her vehicle at gunpoint, assaulting both her and her friend. Garcia then drove both females several blocks against their will and made multiple threats to kill them. The female told officers she was able to escape the vehicle and ultimately get the attention of the police for help.
Responding officers began searching the area and located the stolen vehicle and the friend in an alley near the 3300 block of E Street. The friend was unharmed and reported that Garcia fled on foot prior to officer’s arrival. Officers continued to extensively search the area but were unable to locate Garcia.
The Eureka Police Department is actively seeking to locate Garcia for the carjacking, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, criminal threats, domestic violence, probation violation, and vehicle theft violations.
Garcia should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707) 441-4044. This is an ongoing investigation. Further information will be released as available.