Detectives from the City of Santa Clarita/Sheriff’s COBRA Unit have been actively investigating a shooting incident which occurred on Sunday, April 5th, 2009 near Whites Canyon Road and Pleasantdale Street, Canyon Country.
On Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 the COBRA Unit joined forces with the Community Interaction Team (CIT) and served a search warrant in the 23000 block of Via Gayo, Valencia, at 9:30 a.m. Although detectives missed the suspected shooter on that day, they recovered a 9mm handgun and the vehicle, 1994 Infinity – white in color, they believe were used in the commission of the crime. They also recovered eight rifles and a second handgun at the location.
At that time, detectives identified the suspected shooter as Michael Ray Garcia, MH/25, of Valencia. Garcia, a suspected gang member on active felony parole for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, has been on the run since that day.
Garcia was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30 p.m. last Thursday afternoon, May 21, 2009 at the residence of a relative in Mesa Arizona.
Detectives from the COBRA Team had been working closely with other outside entities and resources of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including the Department’s Major Crimes Bureau in their direct role with the United States Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, to track Garcia down. That hard work paid off when representatives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department joined United States Marshals and the Mesa Police Department to apprehend Garcia.
Garcia was booked at the Maricopa County Jail on a felony Parole Violation and is being held without bail pending extradition back to Santa Clarita where he is expected to face at least two felony counts of Attempted Murder.
“One thing is certain, Garcia won’t victimize any other Santa Clarita Valley residents again any time soon,” said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “It is definitely reassuring to our community to know he is behind bars. He learned the hard way after more than a month on the run that we aren’t going away,” concluded La Berge.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Pat O’neill, (661) 799-5154, or Detective Dan Finn, (661) 799-5153, of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s COBRA Team. The investigation is ongoing.