Exactly one year ago, 24-year-old Carlos Garcia Jr. was arrested for domestic violence, for which he served six months in jail.
Three hundred sixty-five days later, he was arrested early Monday morning in connection with the killing of his 24-year old girlfriend, Alyson Muniz.
Garcia and Muniz had been in what friends described as a tumultuous relationship. Muniz was living in her friend Blanca Arellano’s garage on Abbott Drive in Northwest Bakersfield, where neighbors frequently overheard loud fights.
“Regardless of what he would do to her, or say to her, or treat her, she still loved him,” Arellano said. “She loved him, and love got her killed.”
On Tuesday, that’s where Garcia allegedly shot her in the head, then fled.
Around 5 p.m. yesterday after a five-day search, Bakersfield police surrounded and evacuated a trailer park off Highway 46 in Lost Hills where they believed Garcia was hiding. A SWAT team finally escorted Garcia out of the mobile home.
“Our officers attempted to have him come out of the residence. However he refused to come out, and based on his refusal, our SWAT team was activated,” explained Sergeant Ryan Kroeker of the BPD. “We ultimately responded–we were able to take Mr. Garcia into custody without incident.”
The community came together this past weekend to support Muniz’s family and the four children she left behind.
They held two car washes outside Anthony’s Furniture and set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a proper funeral.
“As a community, we have to help each other especially when there’s things like this. It’s heartbreaking,” said Aide Vitela, the owner of Anthony’s Furniture.
Garcia is being held in Kern County Jail downtown without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court this Wednesday.
If you or anyone you know are in a domestic violence situation, there are several resources. You can call the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault 24-hour crisis hotline at 327-1091. There’s the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. And there’s the Family Justice Center, a one-stop shop for anyone looking for help. It’s located at 2101 Oak Street. In all emergencies, call 911.