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14-029 St. Petersburg Man Arrested For Attempted Murder After He Fired Into An Occupied Vehicle, Injuring His Mother

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Treasure Island Police Department

Indian Shores Police Department

Pinellas Park Police Department

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office

Eric James Garcia (Arrested)
DOB: 11/14/1991
Address: 808 13th Street N., St. Petersburg
Arrested for two counts attempted murder, two counts aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, two counts firing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, person engaged in criminal offense having a weapon, felony threat via electronic communication, possession of marijuana

Renee Garcia (Eric’s Mother- Injured Driver)
DOB: 11/09/1951
Address: 6204 92nd Place N. Unit 3702, Pinellas Park

Luis Garcia (Eric’s Father – Passenger not injured)
DOB: 09/27/1954
Address: 6204 92nd Place N. Unit 3702, Pinellas Park

What:
A St. Petersburg man was arrested for attempted murder after he fired into an occupied vehicle, injuring his mother. The incident occurred when the parents went looking for their son on the evening of February 20, 2014; after the son burglarized their two homes; one in Hernando, the other in Pinellas Park earlier in the week.

When:
The suspect was arrested late evening on February 20, 2014.

Where:
The suspect was arrested at 66th and Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

Why/How:
According to deputies, on the evening of February 20, 2014, 62-year-old Renee Garcia and her husband 59-year-old Luis Garcia called police and then went to try to look for their son 22-year-old Eric James Garcia. According to deputies the parents were trying to locate him after Eric James Garcia had allegedly burglarized their two homes, one in Hernando County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction, which was also set on fire, and the other in Pinellas Park Police Department’s jurisdiction.

The parents located their son in the area of Sunrise Drive and Bryan Dairy at which point the son began to pursue them in his vehicle. Deputies say that at about Bryan Dairy and 98th street the son fired a shot into the vehicle, injuring his mom, who was driving , in the face.

Deputies say mom continued to drive and transported herself to Largo Medical for treatment. Her injuries were characterized as non-life threatening.

Deputies responded to the call and a BOLO was issued for the vehicle.

While at the hospital, the father received a call from the son. Deputies say the son made threatening statements to his dad.

The suspect vehicle was later spotted by Indian Shores Police Department traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed. Indian Shores PD communicated the information via radio and all beach law enforcement agencys who are on the same radio frequency were able to converge and assist in the apprehension of the suspect. Treasure Island Police Department initiated pusuit of the suspect in the area of 107th and Gulf Boulevard, deputies responded and deployed stop sticks. The suspect was arrested without further incident at approximately 66th Street and Central Avenue. No injuries or damage to property was reported.

Eric James Garcia was arrested for two counts attempted murder, two counts aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, two counts firing a deadly missile into an occupied vehicle, person engaged in criminal offense having a weapon, felony threat via electronic communication, possession of marijuana. Additional charges have been place by Treaure Island PD, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office and the Pinellas Park Police Department.

The investigation continues.

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