Anthony Garcia was convicted Wednesday in connection with the January 2004 killing of Pico Rivera resident John Juarez in front of Ed’s Liquor located on Rosemead Boulevard, Capt. Mike Parker of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said.
The case turned stale until Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detective Sgt. Kevin Lloyd came across a photo of Garcia’s tattoo and recognized the crime and details of the killing.
“I remembered in 2004, I’d been at the scene when the murder occurred in the city of Pico Rivera and so right away, it caught my attention,” Lloyd said Friday of the tattoo. “The victim was standing at the corner, gets shot in the head and then falls down in the… driveway of the liquor store.”
Lloyd said the murder was a gang shooting against Garcia’s rival gang, known as the Peanuts.
Garcia was arrested at a La Habra home in October 2008. Parker said he confessed while in the Norwalk sheriff’s station jail and was booked for murder the same day.
“All I can say is he’s a very boastful and arrogant and so he was very proud of his tattoo and when he was in a position, he would talk to other people about it,” Lloyd added.
The man, who drove the getaway car, also confessed and faces 20 years in prison.
Detective Lloyd said in his 30 years with the Bureau, he has never seen a tattoo that depicted an entire crime scene until this one.
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