Schiff Reacts to Arrest of Armando Garcia

Washington, D.C. – On April 29, 2002, Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff David March was murdered, execution-style, during a routine traffic stop.  The suspect Armando Garcia fled to Mexico and has been a fugitive since.  Last night he was arrested in Mexico.  Congressman Adam Schiff made the following statement:

“The family of Deputy March has been waiting for almost four years for justice--today, they are one step closer.   I welcome the Mexican government's recent cooperation, but our work is not complete until all fugitives in Mexico are apprehended and brought to justice in the United States."

Mexico has refused to extradite Garcia and other Mexican nationals accused of serious crimes unless prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty or even life in prison.  Recently, the Mexican Supreme Court reversed a decision that had prevented extradition back to the United States of Garcia and other fugitives who have committed crimes that carry lifetime sentences. 

Congressman Schiff serves on both the House Judiciary and International Relations committees.  He was an assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles for six years. He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.