57ºF

Suspect, victims ID'd in deadly carjacking rampage

Manuel Garcia faces numerous charges in deaths of Samuel White, 53; Patrick Moore, 58


SAN ANTONIO – The suspect arrested in a carjacking rampage that left two people dead was identified Thursday as Manuel Garcia, 40.

According to San Antonio police, Garcia will be charged with robbery, and could face several other charges including murder once homicide detectives consult with the District Attorney's Office.

The rampage began Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., when San Antonio police officers received several calls  for pedestrians who had been struck by a driver in the Sunset Station area.

Police said Garcia stole a four-door sedan and intentionally hit pedestrians, including the first victim who died after he was struck and dragged in a vacant lot on Iowa and South Pine streets. 

Late Thursday, the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the identities of both victims killed during the rampage as Samuel White, 53, and Patrick Moore, 58.

"He actually caused several crashes, vehicle-to-vehicle. So much so, that we are actually back tracking; trying to trace his path," said Sgt. Javier Salazar, an SAPD spokesman.

The rampage finally ended when Garcia ran a red light before he struck a pickup truck at the intersection of East Commerce and Cherry Street, Salazar said.

Garcia fled on foot, but was followed and detained by a witness and someone in the pickup truck until officers arrived, Salazar said.

Garcia has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1991. 

He has been arrested on several occasions for domestic violence, theft, evading arrest, robbery and failure to stop and render aid, but nothing as serious as the charges he could face for Wednesday evening's rampage.


About the Author: