The 21-year-old Morgan Hill man suspected of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar is now being looked at for three reported assaults that occurred in Safeway parking lots three years ago.
Tuesday, Sheriff Laurie Smith said evidence linked Antolin Garcia-Torres to at least one of the three assaults in Morgan Hill reported during a seven day span in March 2009.
Morgan Hill police on Wednesday said they are looking into the possibility Garcia-Torres was involved in all three.
"The fact three of these happened in 2009 in such a short period of time, we're investigating and trying to see if he's responsible for all three," Morgan Hill police Sgt. Troy Hoefling said. "Very seldom do cases happen in suchproximity (that) they are not related. But obviously we need to prove that."
In 2009 Morgan Hill police released a sketch of the suspect.
Two of the reported assaults happened on the same night at Safeways located on E. Dunne Avenue and Tennant Avenue.
On March 19, 2009, a 46-year-old San Martin woman was attacked by a man while walking to her car about 11:30 p.m. The male suspect entered the woman's car through an unlocked door and attacked her by using a stun gun on her head and neck, Hoefling said.
The woman screamed and grabbed the attention of someone in the parking lot. That person drove to the woman's car and shined his bright lights on her vehicle. The male suspect ran off, Hoefling said.
"It was a very
Earlier that evening, an incident was reported at the Safeway on Dunne Avenue after a woman reported she was followed to her car by a man, who tried to open her door. The woman noticed the man was walking fast behind her and locked her car doors before he caught up, Hoefling said.
The woman drove away and didn't report the incident until she got home. Police treated the incident as a suspicious circumstance case.
On March 26, 2009, an 18-year-old woman reported being assaulted by a man who slipped into the back seat of her car on E. Dunne Ave. The woman told police that soon after she parked behind Safeway, a man slipped into the back seat of her car. At that moment, she was retrieving a pocket knife from the glove compartment because she was aware of the earlier attacks.
The man grabbed her right hand and opened the folding blade with his thumb. He forced her hand toward her throat and placed the blade on her neck. He didn't speak, but hit her on the leg and "made grunting noises, " the police report states. She screamed, startling the man, police said. He jumped out of the car, and ran away.
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