Incident# 51-16-6934 Date: 6/20/16
Released By: Sgt. Dwight Young
On 6/20/16 the Milford Police Criminal Division arrested and charged a 33yo Milford man stemming from an armed robbery that occurred at the Market International Store located in the double digit block of S. Walnut St. Jose R. Garcia was charged with Robbery 1st Degree (2 counts), Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Kidnapping 2nd Degree, Aggravated Menacing, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Attempted Escape 2nd Degree, Terroristic Threatening, Assault 3rd Degree and Criminal Mischief Under $1000. Detectives discovered that Garcia walked into the Market International Store and made contact with the store employee. Garcia then brandished a knife and told the store employee that he would kill her if she didn’t provide him with all of the money in the store. After he obtained the undisclosed amount of money from the store employee, he then grabbed her by her neck and began to drag her to the back of the store, while saying that he was going to sexually assault her. As Garcia got her to the back of the store, she was able to break free and began to flee out of the front door. Garcia then fled on foot but was later apprehended by Milford Police as he was attempted to hide in a shed behind a nearby residence located on SE 2nd St. Milford Police later recovered a portion of the money that Garcia had attempted to hide after the Armed Robbery. While in custody at the Milford Police Department, Garcia attempted to flee from the holding cell through the ventilation system in the ceiling. Garcia also attempted to make weapons out of items in the holding cell in order to use the weapons to attack Milford Police when they enter the holding cell. Milford Police took custody of the weapons prior to Garcia being able use them. Garcia was also wanted on active warrants from Milford Police for Failure to Verify as a Registered Sex Offender and was also wanted on active warrants by Georgetown Police. Garcia was arraigned and committed to SCI in default of $104,250.00 cash bond.