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Pima Co. Sheriff's Dept. identifies suspect in serial rape case

Published: Sep. 22, 2016 at 7:23 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 23, 2016 at 1:44 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Sheriff's Department has released the identity of the suspect in the serial rape case, as 43-year-old Christopher Garcia.

According to PCSD Garcia faces the following charges: armed robbery, sexual abuse, and aggravated assault.  He has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex on a $500,000 bond for two PCSD cases and a judge added another $300,000 bond for one case from the Tucson Police Department.

Police detectives believe Garcia could be connected to two other sexual assaults, according to Sgt. Pete Dugan with TPD.

PCSD arrested Garcia on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Sheriff Chris Nanos said the first case came to their attention after a naked woman was found on the side of Mt. Lemmon Highway in the early morning by a driver. He said the woman described being sexually and physically assaulted.

A second case involving a half-clothed woman on the side of Old Spanish Trail happened less than a week later, according to Nanos. He said her description was similar to the first.

Nanos said that's when PCSD started collaborating with the Tucson Police Department. He said some of their ongoing investigations matched the cases being worked by his investigators.

The incidents began Aug. 26 and the most recent was Tuesday, Sept. 20. Each case became increasingly violent, according to law enforcement.

Nanos said no alert or warning was sent to the public because it could've tipped off Garcia to change his habit or leave town. Without a composite sketch or a vehicle description, any public notice would not have helped the investigation, according to the sheriff.

Anyone with information about these or other cases is urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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