Warrant Issued for San Jacinto Felon Accused of Pistol-Whipping Man

A Riverside County judge has issued a warrant for the arrest of Fernando Garcia Jr., a 41-year-old resident of San Jacinto, after he failed to appear for a court hearing. Garcia is facing multiple charges, including firearm assault, assault with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of a gun, and violating a criminal protective order stemming from an alleged attack in 2020.

According to prosecutors, Garcia was scheduled to appear for a status hearing at the Banning Justice Center but failed to show up, prompting the judge to issue the warrant. This isn’t the first time Garcia has missed a court appearance; a warrant was also issued in February 2022, although it was subsequently quashed when Garcia was located.

The charges against Garcia stem from an incident on April 30, 2020, when he allegedly pistol-whipped and shot a man during a dispute in the 800 block of Minor Street in San Jacinto. The victim, whose identity has not been disclosed, suffered serious injuries but ultimately recovered after undergoing surgery at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley.

Following the incident, Garcia was identified as the suspect and was located by authorities approximately two weeks later in Hemet, where he was arrested without incident.

Garcia’s criminal record includes a misdemeanor conviction for disturbing the peace in Riverside County, as well as a felony conviction in another jurisdiction, although the specifics of the felony conviction were not disclosed in court records.

With Garcia’s current whereabouts unknown, law enforcement officials are actively seeking his apprehension to face the pending charges against him. Anyone with information regarding Garcia’s whereabouts is urged to contact local authorities immediately.

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The issuance of the arrest warrant underscores the seriousness of the charges against Garcia and the importance of holding individuals accountable for acts of violence. As the investigation continues, law enforcement remains committed to ensuring that justice is served for the victim of this alleged assault in San Jacinto.

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