Garcia found guilty of kidnapping child

Posted at: 06/24/2013 2:43 PM
By: KOB.com staff

Phillip Garcia was convicted on child kidnapping charges Monday.
Phillip Garcia was convicted on child kidnapping charges Monday.

ALBUQUERQUE -- The man arrested for kidnapping a 6-year-old girl in 2011 has been convicted on all counts by a jury.

The young girl was walking outside her Southwest Albuquerque home when Phillip Garcia pulled her into a van. Garcia held the girl’s head down and drove away from the neighborhood.

Police said a Good Samaritan heard the screaming and immediately pursued the van, until it eventually crashed. Garcia fled the scene, while the Samaritan pulled the young girl to safety. Garcia was then arrested and charged with the kidnapping.

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After five days of testimony in district court, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts, including: two counts of child abuse, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, leaving the scene of an accident and reckless driving.

Garcia faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 18 years in the Department of Corrections. Sentencing has been set for August 15.