Former Navy reservist indicted in Kuwait assault

Amin J Garcia (Photo credit: Norfolk Police)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A federal grand jury in Norfolk indicted a former Navy reservist Thursday for a violent attack on a US Army captain in Kuwait in 2010.

Court documents obtained by WAVY.com reveal that DNA evidence collected in the 2010 attack at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait matched DNA from an unsolved Norfolk rape case.

The suspect, Amin Jason Carl Garcia, was recently convicted in that Norfolk case and is awaiting sentencing.

On April 29, 2010, the Army Captain was showering when she said an unknown man pulled her from the shower and attempted to sexually assault her. He cut her numerous times with a box cutter, punched her several times in the head and threatened to kill her. He then suddenly ran away, documents state.

While examining DNA obtained from Camp Arifjan, investigators discovered it positively matched DNA collected by the Norfolk Police Department during an unsolved rape and home invasion in August 2008. The victim was a former US Navy Chief Petty Officer.  A month after that attack in Norfolk, police investigated a second home invasion and rape at the same home. In that case, the same victim and her daughter were sexually assaulted. Amin Garcia was identified as the suspect.

In December 2013, NCIS investigators shadowed Garcia in New York. They collected biological material from two cups, a fork and a banana after they observed him finish a meal, according to documents.

Analysis of the DNA seized in New York from Amin Garcia’s fork matched the DNA obtained from both the April 2010 attack in Kuwait and the 2008 sexual assault in Norfolk.

Garcia was found guilty on August 28 in Norfolk Circuit Court on two counts statutory burglary, one count grand larceny, one count rape, one count abduction and robbery. The bench trial last several days, according to Amanda Howie with the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office. Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced December 12.

Related documents:

Amin Garcia indictment October 2014

Criminal Complaint filed Aug. 21, 2014

Affidavit filed Aug. 21, 2014

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