Antolin Garcia-Torres, Suspect in Sierra LaMar Slaying, Did Not Know Teen, Police Say (Video)

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Antolin Garcia-Torres
(Update 11:15 a.m.): Police held a news conference this morning with reporters where they said the Sierra LaMar abduction was "purely random." Read the update after the jump.

Santa Clara County authorities had a major break in the Sierra LaMar case last night when they arrested 21-year-old Antolin Garcia-Torres on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering the 15-year-old Morgan Hill girl who has been missing for more than two months.

Garcia-Torres, a San Martin resident, was arrested yesterday evening at the Safeway store on Tennant Avenue in Morgan Hill where he worked. Although authorities have not found LaMar's body, the murder charge confirms what everyone had feared -- that the Morgan Hill teen is dead.

Authorities will hold a press conference this morning to give more details about the case, and LaMar's family is expected to be there. What police could say is that they found Garcia-Torres' DNA on LaMar's clothing that was found on the side of the road a few days after she went missing, KTVU-2 reported.

He is also the owner of the red Jetta that police impounded after surveillance video from nearby businesses caught the vehicle on camera the day LaMar went missing.
 
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Sierra Lamar
"We have a lot of physical evidence" Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters last night. She noted that despite the fact they have no body, they arrested the suspect because "we don't want to see anyone else hurt or any other little girls taken.

Smith pleaded with the community to continue looking for LaMar's body.

LaMar was last seen on March 16 as she was getting ready for school. She was supposed to catch her bus, but she never made it to class that day. Police later found her cellphone and Juicy purse with her clothes inside on the side of the road -- in the opposite direction of her school bus.

We'll give you more details after today's press conference.

UPDATE: Sheriff Laurie Smith told reporters this morning that the suspect, Garcia-Torres, did not know LaMar, and this was a stranger abduction. According to the Chronicle, police confirmed it was his DNA on LaMar's clothing which was found a few days after she went missing. They have had Garcia-Torres, who has a wife and a baby, on 24-hour surveillance since March 28, hoping he might lead police to her body.

But police decided to arrest him yesterday, fearing he might discover the cops were watching him and flee. The Chron talked to Garcia-Torres' neighbors at a San Martin trailer park, who said the family was quiet and kept to themselves.  

Police would not say what sort of DNA evidence they found on LaMar's clothing, however, it was definitely not blood, Smith noted to reporters. What's more, police said they have no motive for the slaying, and reiterated that this was a random act of violence.

However, Garcia-Torres' family talked to the press this morning, and assured reporters that police have the wrong guy. Watch the interview with his sister.
 

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socs120707
socs120707

Listen UP YALL .... Im pretty sure that we can ALL agree on ONE thing here ok? And that is the desire we all share to see this evil POND SCUM LOW LIFE (DIE) a slow and torturous DEATH. This PIG murdered my daughter's best friend. I want him TO BURN

juliegonzalesmsw
juliegonzalesmsw

Most of you who are taking the time to voice opinions here, cannot spell or use correct grammar. Enough said.

miaonazareth
miaonazareth

First off, most of you commenting are "Mental Midgets" with your "Wet Back/Beaner" statements. Most murderes, child molestors etc. are white. Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gassey, Charles Manson so shut your pie holes! Learn your History, Most of the Western States belonged to Mexico, hence the names- Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, California, The Spanish and the English are the "wet backs" coming here from across the pond. Dumb asses couldn't handle business in their own back yards so they came here! Lazy bastards! Y'all be up in Mexican Restaurants like all hell though huh? Pendejos!

Bad guest
Bad guest

It's not good enough to have murdered someones beautiful daughter, this bag of crap has to "stick it to" her family and play games with them to make it a "two-fer". I'd water board this monster to find her and make sure every day in jail (if they don't just let him walk) is a bad day. It doesn't matter how violent the crime is; they always say the same thing, "he was such a nice boy"-even if his dna's all over her clothing. There's something wrong with the way these killers are raised and there's a whole generation of them loose on our streets. I wish we still had an electric chair to strap him into along with the trash who murdered Polly Klass so we could fry em'. That would definitely deter them from ever hurting anyone again. Poor Sierra, she never had a chance against this %#^*ing #%€#€le.

Paradoxcal
Paradoxcal

If this person is the right guy, he didn't do this horrible thing because of his race! He did it because he's a horrible, sick and twisted HUMAN BEING!!!!!!! Please stop blaming Hispanics for everything going wrong in America.

Brandywine3
Brandywine3

It is when you are one Mr. Dees  First offense a good defense.  As it stands now, if you're white you're a racist.  So the fact this slime ball is of Latino decent (does that soften anything that he is actually Mexican?)  I read Mr. Oates comment, I didn't see anything that could be remotely be construed towards racism.  Illegal is illegal and predominantly Mexican.  That's the bitter pill.  Some of the people on here should just get over it.  That being said, if anyone wants to enter this country, then sign the guest book on the way in, otherwise you're here illegally. 

Yolanda
Yolanda

my co-worker's step-sister makes $88 an hour on the internet. She has been fired for 9 months but last month her payment was $14985 just working on the internet for a few hours. Here's the site to read more http://lazycash23

Timmcdonal
Timmcdonal

Obama needs low life mexis votes kill a white gurl its ok lets kill this pig mama boy serial rapist ....we r being invaded by an outside force no country for young beaners shoot to kill mama boy gay boy beaners he almost looks female there are genectically degraded ...rip serra.....

Timmcdonal
Timmcdonal

This pig has tried to rape 3other lady.s in safe way parking lot . kill this illegal ailien pig kill his pig mother &sister there genes are genectically screwed fuc beaners they.suc

Timmcdonal
Timmcdonal

Pig illegal ailien kill this beaner pig kill.his whole family&his pig madre

Timmcdonal
Timmcdonal

Mexicum slime sex music drugs illegal ailien pigs just.so obama ried lee pelosi can get a vote.kill this pig just put a bullet in illegal beaners head there.genectically sexualy insain kill this pig .......pig

MT
MT

As its been stated, he couldnt be illegal or should we say undocumented as a student in public schools and an employee where you need a ssn or legit papers for being in usa from another country. There are alot of latin or hispanic people with latin and hispanic people that never migrated anywhere, they've been here...if we remember history correctly, it'd be whites, asians, blacks, etc who came on boats and crossed borders...at the end of the days this is a tragic situation in my hometown of morgan hill. I am proud of my community that has shown regardless what race when a child goes missing in morgan hill, we come together as one community, point blank. The Sheriff in charge, Sgt Cardoza because he has a latin last name are you calling him an illegal too, SMH people should be ashamed.

Aex
Aex

Safeway doesn't hire illegals you dumb fucks. Such ignorant rage. You people will never find peace in life.

Alexys72904
Alexys72904

You all sound really retarded. Stereo typing and labling people is what causes hate. The behavior you all poytray is ignorance. All that aside, considering he has a "record", I am 99.9 pecent certain he is legal, or he would've been transported a long time ago. 

wow
wow

wow. how is race even an issue here. The issue is a girl is missing and needs to be found. He is not an illegal and for the person who says this behaviour is acceptable in Mexico is just wrong. Please focus on the real problem here.

Ignorance should also be a crime!

Mari
Mari

Wow it amazes me how this article turned into a race thing. Why is he illegal? Cause he's Latino? C'mon!! This article is about a SUSPECT in the Lamar case...focus on that! Don't focus on what race/ethnic background he is. There are white Americans, born in this country that rape, molest, kill little girls, but no one sees that because they're from America?? It's a damn shame there is still racism in 2012. I just really hope they find closure on Sierra's disappearance so this nightmare ends for the Lamar family and I hope this guy or the piece of shit douche behind this rots in hell! My prayers are with the Lamar family.

Sheenacervantes
Sheenacervantes

Fuck you you stupid ignorant low life mother fuckers u all give white people bad names if it weren't for Mexicans ur asses wouldn't have shit you white ass mother fuckers are to lazy to bust ur ass in the fields or work long hours to support your family's so SHUT THE FUCK UP! Get a fucken life u stupid fucks this about a lil girl who's missing and needs to be returned to her family not about race! If were a white mother fucker what shit would u be talikng? I'll pray for your ignorance your nobody to say his family should be killed for his stupidity he will pay for what he did and rot in hell!

Robert Oates
Robert Oates

just how many kids go missing in your hood ---------we have never had a child go missing whare i live and I live in pelham bay in the bronx

fumetti666
fumetti666

Many members of the Luciano and Genovese crime families are not committing any crimes either. Your point?

falling321
falling321

This happened in California Aex....EVERYONE hires illegal aliens in California!  The majority of the state is a sanctuary for illegals, which is probably why he wasn't charged in his other crimes.  All too often illegal aliens are given slack so that ICE will not get their name and deport them.  I don't know if Antolin Garcia-Torres was here illegally or not, but it is certainly a legitimate question and one the media should answer!

fumetti666
fumetti666

 Illegals have worked at Wal Mart, meathead.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 Stereotyping is one word, Mensa man.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 Hispanic is an ethnicity not a race, retard.

Alexys72904
Alexys72904

Thank you, one person threw out an assumption that he was illegal (HE IS NOT) and like a virus the stupidity spread.

falling321
falling321

Mari, I don't know whether he is here illegally or not, but the point is that our media has become so politically correct that the issue is never mentioned even though they know it is of interest to those following the story.  As for why it matters...our own citizens do indeed commit enough crimes, we do not need people entering our country illegally, living off of our social services (he was not working, he ate somehow) AND repeatedly committing horrific crimes against young women.  If he is here illegally, this girls death could and shouuld have been avoided, but our federal government has refused to address this issue properly!

fumetti666
fumetti666

Whether whites or US citizens murder is irrelevant. When illegals do anything like murder, sell drugs, etc., they are essentially committing two crimes (1) being here illegally and (2) doing any action that is against the law for US citizens. If this illegal was deported, he could obviously not be here to murder the girl. Is that too hard to comprehend?

fumetti666
fumetti666

 You sound like the chairman of Mensa. NOT, By the way, this is not texting and this is not Twitter; this is an internet posting board. Cut it out with the "u" for you. If you are too lazy to spell out "you," Sheenacervantes needs an education to the maximum while she denounces people as "ignorant." Sheenacervantes, don't argue with me unless you have a dictionary, thesaurus and a brain.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 You like mexicali dick, regkilla

Rmorris32
Rmorris32

 Walmart is non union and much different than Luckys and Safeway. All this BS about his being illegal is just ignorance at its best. All an assumption....based on what? This is taking away from the tragedy itself why people go on rants about illegals.

Alexys72904
Alexys72904

Pretty sure he didn't say wal-mart. Matter fact I think you are the only one that had EVER mentioned Wal-mart in the history of this case. Congrats to you.

falling321
falling321

GREAT!  Tell us how you know he is not here illegally and the issue will be over...at least as far as this particular discussion goes.  If you know this for a fact, end the speculation please.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Prove that he was here illegally, then you can make that argument.  Until then, you're just proving yourself to be a racist piece of shit.

Mlcervelli
Mlcervelli

Wow this is silly. I really do think you are all missing the bigger picture. First off the word "ignorance" means " not knowing". I'm sure that she KNOWS how to spell "you". Therefore the word ignorance dosent apply to someone who uses short hand texting to write in a blog response. Although, "ingnorance" is a perfect word for someone who thinks that just because a man in Latino, he is therefore illegal.

Robert Oates
Robert Oates

SHEENCATRANTS           u  s ck 

sheena83
sheena83

U can go fuck ur self u dnt know me and I'll spell any fuckn way I want I'll spell u for " you" whenever I want u damn people are ignorant get a life this isn't about "u" its about a child who is missing and needs to be found and returned to her family but I guess your to ignorant to know that!

regkilla
regkilla

wtf that supposed to mean dumb fuck lmao

fumetti666
fumetti666

 You need to get laid, regkilla.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 I did say Wal Mart...I should also add your ass cheeks need wiping from the licking from MrSirEric's lips and the suction.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 People have worked at various places under false Social Security numbers.

regkilla
regkilla

you can't work at Safeway and be here illegally.

regkilla
regkilla

You are into incest, fumetti666.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 Your mother is a whore and you wear women's clothes, regkilla.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 No, douchebag, the root of racism is race: which is prejudice and prejudicial feelings about the three races (white, black, Asian). Now stop your semantics and go clean the feces from your teeth.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Stereotypes against an ethnicity are called "racism."  Try taking an English class sometime (or going to school at all.)  You might learn something.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 The liberal media will never report on his status.

fumetti666
fumetti666

 Hispanic is not a race...it is an ethnicity, you illiterate shithead.

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