Antolin Garcia Torres may be sitting mum in his Santa Clara County Jail cell, but his first alleged victim is talking up a storm with police, and she has been since before his arrest as the Sierra LaMar suspect.
Maintaining her anonymity, the almost first victim of Torres said her potential attacker followed her on foot from the same grocery store where the suspect in the Sierra LaMar case worked.
That Morgan Hill Safeway was the backdrop for what would have been a likely assault on the young woman, but her potential assailant was a little too slow on the draw that night.
This attacker favored the late night hour then, choosing to follow her from the grocers at 11 p.m., when few would be in the parking lot area.
The potential victim can't speak to what weapon would have been used in her case, just as Sierra LaMar can't speak yet to forensic examiners about the weapon used on her. But that day will eventually come, as sooner or later the 15-year-old's body will be found.
What Garcia Torres' alleged first victim can say is that as she walked faster to flee her assailant, he walked faster too. He didn't run, notice, in his effort to overtake her, which is telling in and of itself, as it speaks to a willingness to taunt his potential victim.
In fact, the woman spoke about how she "looked up and saw him, staring right at me through the window. He had a very smug look, and those pursed lips. I'll never forget it."
If the Sierra LaMar suspect's alleged first victim was indeed almost a victim of Antolin Garcia Torres in March in 2009, then she paints a picture of the killer the highschool cheerleader would have encountered all alone on a stretch of road that is chilling: a man so calm and cool he could walk up to a potential victim's window and smirk at her and his missed opportunity.
And that's the kind of killer that would enjoy brutalizing a child of 15, who stood no chance of getting behind a locked car door away from him.