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Sentencing scheduled for man with sock fetish who stalked girls


Monday, April 14th, 2014
Issue 16, Volume 18.


MURRIETA - A man with an apparent socks fetish is slated to be sentenced today for harassing young girls and teenagers outside Murrieta schools and trying to lure them into his car.

Alexis Edmundo Zubi Garcia, 31, of Murrieta was arrested in mid-April, after police confirmed he had followed and accosted around a dozen children over a two-month span.

Garcia was charged with attempted kidnapping, communicating with a minor to commit a felony, possession of child pornography and 10 misdemeanor counts of annoying a child.

During a June 23 status hearing, the defense and prosecution announced a plea agreement under which Garcia admitted all but the attempted kidnapping charge, which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez is expected to dismiss as part of the plea deal.

Court documents do not specify a prison term, but Garcia faces a minimum of three years felony probation. Garcia, who has no prior felon convictions, could also be sentenced to more than three years behind bars.

Garcia was arrested after a detective in an unmarked car spotted him speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County at 40500 California Oaks Road, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

The defendant was freed on $5,000 bail but re-arrested within a couple of days after he was positively identified as the suspect in numerous encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary, Murrieta Mesa High School, Vail Ranch Elementary and Shivela Middle School, Conrad said. The defendant's Kilkare Circle house is just around the corner from Avaxat Elementary.

"Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11 and 17 years old and engages them in conversation," Conrad said earlier. "The conversation centers around the victims' socks. The investigation led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn by the minors ... (and) the obsession is sexual in nature."

None of the victims were hurt during their encounters with the defendant.


Man with socks fetish suspected of harassing students re-arrested

MURRIETA - A man with an apparent socks fetish is slated to be sentenced next month for harassing young girls and teenagers outside Murrieta schools and trying to lure them into his car.

Alexis Edmundo Zubi Garcia, 31, was arrested in April after police confirmed he had followed and accosted around a dozen children over a two-month span.

Garcia was charged with attempted kidnapping, communicating with a minor to commit a felony, possession of child pornography and 10 misdemeanor counts of annoying a child.

During a status hearing Friday, the defense and prosecution announced a plea agreement under which Garcia admitted all but the attempted kidnapping charge, which Riverside County Superior Court Judge Angel Bermudez is expected to dismiss as part of the plea deal.

A sentencing hearing is set for July 10. Court documents do not specify a prison term, but Garcia faces a minimum of three years felony probation. He could also be sentenced to more than three years behind bars.

The Murrieta resident, who has no prior felony convictions, is being held without bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.

Garcia was arrested in mid-April after a detective in an unmarked car spotted him speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County at 40500 California Oaks Road, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

The defendant was freed on $5,000 bail but was re-arrested within a couple of days after he was positively identified as the suspect in numerous encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary, Murrieta Mesa High School, Vail Ranch Elementary and Shivela Middle School, Conrad said.

The defendant's Kilkare Circle house is just around the corner from Avaxat Elementary.

"Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11 and 17 years old and engages them in conversation," Conrad said earlier. "The conversation centers around the victims' socks. The investigation led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn Advertisement
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by the minors ... (and) the obsession is sexual in nature."

None of the victims were hurt during their encounters with the defendant.


MURRIETA - A 31-year-old man previously arrested for allegedly harassing girls outside schools in Murrieta was back in custody today on suspicion of attempted kidnapping.

Alexis Edmundo Garcia, of Murrieta, who police say has a sexual obsession with girls' socks, had been released from jail Saturday after posting $5,000 bail. He was originally arrested April 11 on charges of annoying a minor and possession of child pornography.

But since his release, detectives learned of 12 additional victims and submitted their findings to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office, according to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad.

"It was determined that ... probable cause existed to re-arrest Mr. Garcia for attempt kidnap," Conrad said.

On Thursday afternoon, investigators served an arrest warrant on the suspect at his residence near Avaxat Elementary School. Conrad said Garcia was detained without incident on suspicion of attempted kidnapping, possession of child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sexual offense.

He's being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Southwest Detention Center.

According to Conrad, Garcia was first arrested after a detective in an unmarked car spotted him speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County at 40500 California Oaks Road.

Conrad said Garcia has been identified as a suspect in encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary School, Murrieta Mesa High School, Rail Ranch Elementary School and Shivela Middle School.

"Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11 and 17 years old and engages them in conversation," Conrad said. "The conversation centers around the victims' socks. The investigation has led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn by the minors ... (and) the obsession is sexual in nature."

Investigators believe there may be other girls who have been accosted by the suspect but have not reported it.

"The police department is asking parents to discuss the child annoyance incidents with their daughters to determine if there are additional victims," Conrad said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Phil Gomez at (951) 461-6356.


Police: Man with socks fetish suspected of stalking students

MURRIETA - A man accused of harassing girls outside elementary, middle and high schools in Murrieta was free today on $5,000 bail.

Alexis Edmundo Garcia, 31, of Murrieta is suspected in multiple encounters involving children over the last two months, according to police.

"Mr. Garcia drives up to minor female victims between 11 and 17 years old and engages them in conversation," Lt. Tony Conrad alleged. "The conversation centers around the victims' socks. The investigation has led detectives to believe the suspect has a fixation with the socks being worn by the minors. The obsession is sexual in nature."

Garcia was taken into custody Friday afternoon and booked on suspicion of communicating with a minor with the intent of committing a sexual offense, possession of child pornography and annoying a child under 18 years old.

He posted bail and was released the following day from the Southwest Detention Center.

According to Conrad, Garcia was spotted around 4:20 p.m. Friday speaking with a girl outside the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County, 40500 California Oaks Road. As the suspect drove away from the location, a detective who had observed the interaction stopped and questioned him, culminating in his arrest, the lieutenant said.

Conrad said Garcia has been identified as a suspect in at least four encounters with girls at Alta Murrieta Elementary, Murrieta Mesa High School, Rail Ranch Elementary and Shivela Middle School.

Investigators believe additional girls may have been approached by the suspect, but who have yet to come forward.

"The police department is asking parents to discuss the child annoyance incidents with their daughters to determine if there are additional victims," Conrad said.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Detective Phil Gomez at (951) 461-6356.


 

3 comments

Comment Profile ImageNick
Comment #1 | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 at 5:52 pm
He just needs a few socks from my boys. One whiff ought to do it - should cure his problem for good.
Comment Profile ImageWilby
Comment #2 | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 at 8:22 am
This is how it all starts. A crazy fetish ends up not being enough and these people take it to new levels to "get off". These are dangerous people.
Comment Profile ImageKyle
Comment #3 | Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 8:47 am
Did the judge sock it to him? If the shoe fits, he should wear it.

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