Livingston stabbing suspect arrested

Man on 'Most Wanted' list; attack occurred in 2010.

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comMarch 12, 2012 

A 23-year-old man recently profiled as one of Merced County's Most Wanted was arrested Friday on suspicion of committing a 2010 gang-related stabbing at a Livingston park, police reported.

Alex Perez Garcia was taken into custody by Livingston police and Merced County sheriff's deputies after officers spotted him at about 7 p.m. inside a residential garage in the 1100 block of G Street, according to Livingston Police Chief Ruben Chavez.

Law enforcement responded to the residence with an arrest warrant. After looking around the residence for several minutes, officers found Garcia hiding in the crawl space beneath the home.

Garcia refused to exit until a sheriff's dog was sent underneath the home with armed officers. Garcia was then arrested without further incident, police said.

Garcia was wanted in connection with the June 8, 2010 stabbing of an 18-year-old Delhi man at a park near Amaretto Way and Peach Avenue.

The victim was seated on a bench with a female in the park when they were confronted by two attackers, one of whom is believed to be Garcia, according to Lt. Chris Soria.

Police say the attackers came up from behind the couple and yelled a gang slogan. One of the suspects then stabbed the victim in the abdomen five or six times.

Soria said the attack happened "within seconds" and the suspects fled on foot after the attack. Police responded to the scene, and the victim was flown to a Modesto hospital. The female was unharmed, Soria said.

Soria said the victim isn't a documented gang member, but police believe the crime was gang-related because of the words used by the attackers.

Garcia was booked at the Merced County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with gang enhancements.

Managing Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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