Believed to have kidnapped and murdered Sierra LaMar, Antolin Garcia-Torres has a criminal past that completely contradicts the "sweetheart" claims of his family members. Even though he is only 21-years old, this young man has been arrested at least twice and is now believed to be responsible for other attacks in and around Morgan Hill, Calif.
The arrest of Antolin Garcia-Torres over the disappearance and murder of LaMar isn't the only time police have dealt with him. In 2009, Morgan Hill police arrested the combative young man because he was obstructing justice. He was harboring at least two fugitives of the law and behaved violently toward police officers. He was also charged with vandalism after he purposely clogged up the jailhouse toilet with toilet tissue. He then used a piece of metal from the shorts he wore to etch in the phrase "I seen it," into a bench in his cell. He was only 18-years old.
In about a year he was back in jail on a felony battery charge. He was 19 years old. This source describes the details of his arrest. Two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor had been filed against him!
Did he murder Sierra LaMar and is he a serial predator?
Antolin has been implicated in a string of attempted assaults on women in Morgan Hill. Women were followed by an unidentified man at both Safeway locations in the town. Garcia-Torres, a former Safeway employee, matches the composite drawings of the suspect involved in these crimes with a creepy resemblance. If one looks at his proven criminal record you have a young man who is violently aggressive that runs "with the wrong crowd," who has a known habit of having sex with underage girls and who displays some downright bizarre behavior in between all of this. If you add this to the uncanny similarity between his appearance and the composite drawings of the unknown Morgan Hill attacker, then you've got a recipe for a potential serial killer.
Sierra LaMar was only 5'2" and 110 lbs, significantly smaller than the man accused of abducting and murdering her. She was 15 years old, and he had a history of sexual contact with minors. The idea that these were women who claim to have been followed by Antolin, it's possible that he finally worked his way down to a prey that couldn't fight him, and that would be a very petite young girl, presumably.
Antolin Garcia-Torres appears to have authority issues. He fought the police who arrived at his home to arrest an unrelated suspect. His father is not in his life, in prison. He was evidently raised by the women of the family, which would appear to be something that could lend to a resentment against them. A man with a short fuse, a lack of masculine influence and the constant need to overpower and harm womenÂ—as women are roles of authority in his "real life."
Could he have killed Sierra? Absolutely. Could he be a serial predator? Absolutely.
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