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Arrest Made in Sierra LaMar Kidnapping

Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, of San Martin was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and murdering Sierra LaMar.


Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, of San Martin in connection with the disappearance of Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar.

Garcia-Tores was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on one count of murder and one count of kidnapping Monday night, Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza wrote in a prepared statement.

Detectives reportedly took Garcia-Torres, who owns the , from the Safeway on Tenant Avenue in Morgan Hill where he works at around 6 p.m., and questioned him for two hours before booking him, KTVU reports.

Garcia-Torres' DNA was reportedly found on clothing items belonging to Sierra that were located in her backpack, a KTVU article states. However, it’s not clear where the backpack came from.

A  was found shortly after her disappearance and was sent to the county crime lab for forensic testing, but investigators wouldn’t disclose whether any DNA traces had been found.

Authorities will provide details about the arrest during a news conference Tuesday morning. Patch will have an update once more details are available. 

Sierra, 15, disappeared after she left for school on the morning of March 16.

Investigators later found Sierra's cellphone off of a roadway near her home around Dougherty and Palm avenues as well as her black, Juicy-brand purse.

Earlier this month, investigators located a red Volkswagen Jetta believed to be linked to Sierra's disappearance. Hundreds of volunteers have been scouring the area surrounding Sierra's home since the sheriff's office reclassified the case as an abduction.

For previous coverage of the Sierra LaMar case, refer to the Sierra LaMar Disappearance: Comprehensive Updates and Information page.

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—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Pete Arballo May 22, 2012 at 06:09 AM
I hope the law pulls no punches and prosecutes him to the full extent of the law. He should never be free ever again.
Ron Kirkish May 22, 2012 at 08:42 AM
If he is found guilty of murder, not only should he never be free again, but he should suffer the same fate that he imposed on his victim.......death.
Tony Royal May 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Although frustrating at times for citizens who wanted every detail, I think the police and investigators did a really good job of keeping information contained to a need to know basis. Not revealing every lead and detail kept the case and the public opinion professional. I am relieved there was finally an arrest made, but very saddened that Sierra was not yet found.
Jerry stone May 22, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Just like everyone else on here i am permitted to state my opinio .. I believe He didnt do it !! theres not enough evidence linking him & if there is it needs to be Disclosed so the public can stop making judgements that have no evidence to back it up. Living in morgan hill i know how the morgan hill police department acts & reacts.. They are a shady and racist and will blame anyone who doesnt look or act a certain way i lived in morgan hill my whole life and know how they are
Pete Arballo May 23, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Well like it says in the articles they were observing him for a long time and if he didn't do it then it will come out in his favor, wont it? The evidence may be circumstantial but none of it is in his favor as far as we can tell, but DNA does prove that Sierra LaMar was at least in his car and if he knows anything he needs to disclose it, if he did not do it he sure does know something about it - and if he doesn't come forward with that info well he is just as guilty as if he did do it.
Pete Arballo May 23, 2012 at 03:30 AM
CORRECTION: His DNA was on her clothing, so he obviously knows something.
Stu May 23, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Remember this incident when you go to the polls next month to vote on abolishing the death penalty in Calif.
Stu May 23, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Remember this incident when you go to the polls next month to vote on abolishing the death penalty in Calif.
Raul Munoz May 23, 2012 at 01:23 PM
If this kid did this crime he should die. . .He was 3 times her size and only one could imagine what she went threw in her last moments.....
Pete Arballo May 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
DOUBLE CORRECTION: Her DNA was also in the car and he has a history of Sex with Minors, so if he didn't do it he sure as hell looks guilty. But if it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck......he is guilty.
Erica Palin May 24, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Supposedly, A New Little Baby is Missing somewhere as of Now! Oh my Goodness! Horrible, Scary & Sad! I Just don't know anymore! Missing people Daily, by the Second! What has happened out here? Seems to be getting worse & worse & more & more Extreme!
Erica Palin May 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM
The Law Firstly Need to Determine if BOTH He & She are "LEGAL Tax Paying Citizens of the USA", or just Some Illegal ALIENS Living off Both Your and My Tax Dollars of WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS etc. Before Wasting any more of Our Tax Money on Her or Him, Possible Illegals! USA has a Bad Economy, and Can't AFFORD To Foot any Unecessary ALIEN'S BILLS!
Erica Palin May 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
This "MEXICAN MAN ROACH" is not a Freekin KID! Are You DILLUSIONAL?
Erica Palin May 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM
THIS 35 Year Old "MAN" Looks Very Much Like That Man - That Killer Name "GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!"
Pete Arballo May 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Well of course they do, but if he is convicted they need to punish him here first THEN deport him. That be like a slap on the wrist if one broke the law and was just sent out of the country and not properly punished. He needs to do his time or be sent to death row then deported.
Pete Arballo May 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
....deported to hell that is! haha
Heather June 28, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I think it's possible that Sierra's DNA could have been transplanted in Antolin's car, and Antolin's DNA could have been transplanted on her clothing and purse by someone trying to frame him. I find it very ODD that Sierra's clothing were neatly folder inside her purse, and the purse and books were placed not just strewn about. This whole case is shady, and does not come across as an abduction or a run away situation. I think investigators need to go back everyone in Sierra's life, and not be too quick to rule out or clear ANYONE.

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