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Family Continues to Defend LaMar Murder Suspect Despite Evidence

Lucero and Alondra Garcia say the link between their brother and the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar is a "misunderstanding" fueled by the Sheriff's Office and the media.

Antolin Garcia-Torres’ sisters, Lucero and Alondra Garcia, believe their brother’s arrest in the kidnapping and murder of Sierra LaMar is a “misunderstanding” that began with detectives misleading the media, and the media subsequently misleading the public.

“I feel like the media was lied to by police from the beginning, because they’ve had his car, he’s been compliant—yet these little things they’re not bringing out to everyone,” Lucero, 26, said. 

The rationale behind the sisters’ belief is partly based on information they say was inaccurately communicated to the public, like the date their brother’s Volkswagen was seized.

“They had it previous to the date that they said they found it,” Alondra said. 

Sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Cardoza confirmed that the VW was confiscated at an earlier time than the date disclosed to the media. Authorities had the vehicle in their custody on April 7—the day they asked the public to relay any past sightings of it in Santa Clara County—but

“We did have it in our possession, but detectives weren’t ready to make that information public, and that’s because there was still work being conducted,” Cardoza said. “We never mislead anybody, whether it be the public, reporters or anyone in journalism. Were we vague initially? ... Yeah."

The vagueness surrounding the LaMar case is another reason the sisters believe the public is being deceived by authorities.

Lucero and Alondra question how their brother could be charged in Sierra's murder when authorities “don’t have enough substantial evidence that you can actually connect.”

“There’s no body, there’s no blood, there’s no weapon. If they don’t tell us, how are we supposed to know what’s going on?” Lucero said.

The lack of evidence, or lack of disclosure of the evidence, leads Lucero and Alondra to believe their brother isn’t guilty.

“I know they found DNA in his car, but it still doesn’t state the fact that he murdered her,” Alondra said.

Explaining Antolin’s DNA on Sierra’s Clothing

Authorities moved in to arrest Antolin after finding Sierra’s DNA on his VW, and further believe he’s responsible for the teen’s murder and kidnapping based on traces of the suspect’s DNA on Sierra’s clothing and because of circumstantial evidence.

However, Lucero and Alondra, along with the rest of their brother’s family and close friends, continue to deny any possibility that Antolin could be responsible. Instead, they refer to their brother’s curiosity to explain how Antolin’s DNA could be found on Sierra’s clothing.

Lucero said Antolin would often retrieve objects from the ground during his hikes and fishing trips at Anderson Reservoir and other areas in Morgan Hill, and wonders if her brother could have come across Sierra’s clothing during one of his excursions.

“What if he was just walking by, picked [Sierra’s clothing] up and then just put it back?” she said. “What if he was fishing around that area and happened to come across it?”

Antolin's Protective, Sisters Say

Despite Antolin’s criminal background—which includes —his sisters believe the crimes have been “mis-said through the media” and contend that their brother is not violent.

The victim in the June 16 felony battery was Antolin’s sister’s boyfriend, who was beaten after pushing Antolin “to the limit,” Lucero said.

Antolin was also charged with a misdemeanor for resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer during an altercation at Garcia-Torres' residence on May 29, 2009, but Lucero says her brother was just protecting her daughter who was almost knocked over when police rushed into the house to arrest one of their friends.

“I know that they put it as obstructing, but he was just being protective about it. I mean, who runs into your home, through the house, almost knocking a little infant over,” Lucero said. “The two incidents that happened, he was being protective—that’s all it was.”

Safeway Assaults

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith announced that Garcia-Torres may be linked to three assaults that occurred at two Safeway’s in Morgan Hill during Tuesday’s press conference. Three women—two white and one Hispanic—were assaulted during a seven-day period in the Safway parking lots in 2009.

On Wednesday, Morgan Hill Police Sgt. Troy Hoefling told Patch that , but Lucero believes the police are mistaken.

“She came out on the news and said that somebody was punching her or tasing her, but I don’t think that has anything to do with him,” Lucero said. “Someone was saying that there were other attempts at a different Safeway store, but I don’t think he has anything to do with that.”

Attempted Gilroy Kidnappings and 2009 Morgan Hill Rape

Gilroy Patch readers have asked whether the could be linked to Garcia-Torres. The attempted kidnappings took place one week apart, with the first one occurring June 26 and the other on August 4.

Gilroy Police Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said local authorities are aware of Garcia-Torres’ arrest, and that they’re currently looking into the investigations to see if they’re connected. Garcia-Torres’ sisters, however, continue to defend their brother’s innocence.

“They think they have their guy, and then all of a sudden something else comes up, then there’s all these missing cases, and just because they think he’s the cause of this one, they’re trying to pin it all on him,” Lucero said.

“I think it’s just scaring people that they don’t know what’s going on, and they’re just trying to come up with conclusions,” Alondra added.

Readers have also asked whether Garcia-Torres could be linked to the rape of a woman who was jogging down a popular Morgan Hill trail on Dec. 15, 2009. Hoefling said Wednesday that any connection with the rape and Garcia-Torres has been ruled out.

kelley o. May 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM
I think they are in denial, because nobody wants to believe someone they love could do such horrible things. Law enforcement has kept details vague for a reason. Them trying to say maybe he stumbled across her clothes and that is why his DNA was on them really has little merit. His car is on surveillance video on her street the morning she went missing, her DNA is in that car, and his DNA is on her clothing. I'm sure there is much more evidence that we just don't know about yet. They make excuse's for him, but he does have a violent and criminal past, fact.
Lisbeth Allen May 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Will someone explain DNA to the sisters? Lucero and Alondra question how their brother could be charged in Sierra's murder when authorities “don’t have enough substantial evidence that you can actually connect.”
Tony Royal May 25, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Family is clearly being supportive of a loved one. It's hard for me to think that they even believe their own words. Interesting find that the police department already had the VW in their custody when they asked the public for assistance.
Corinne Speckert May 25, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Very true, but Lucero and Alondra did make a couple valid points. Regarding the DNA, we don't know what kind it is. It could have been from saliva that got onto his vehicle and her clothing through ways that didn't involve kidnap or murder....
Pete Arballo May 25, 2012 at 03:53 AM
What kind of DNA? Is that really relevant? The DNA puts them together, thats all that really matters. It proves he knows something, maybe not that he killed her but that they were at some point in contact. The family says he could've found her clothes while hiking, come on - really? Then what about her DNA in his car, did she find his car while she was missing? Ultimately it proves he has knowledge that no one else has and if he is innocent it should not be hard for him to prove so by telling what he knows. 2+2=4
Pete Arballo May 25, 2012 at 03:54 AM
I agree Jenna, The family says he could've found her clothes while hiking, come on - really? Then what about her DNA in his car, did she find his car while she was missing?
Pete Arballo May 25, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Kelley O. I agree, its hard to see anyone we love in a dark and dingy light. But even the person you love the most has a side they have never shown you, and this might be his. The DNA ties them together, the video puts him in the area. It all leads to him knowing more about the case then anyone else, he needs to come clean with it all.
Kell May 25, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I don't think they make any valid points. No, we don't know what kind of DNA and we need to trust the DA and police who need to keep some things private in order to maintain the integrity of the case. Quite frankly I don't care what kind of DNA is it. Clearly the two of them are linked and shouldn't be and we have a missing 15 year old girl here.
triple@family May 25, 2012 at 04:29 PM
As for the sisters trying to defend them like get really go to fucking school....... because you cant runaway from DNA... and like the police know what there doing they, that why they are police like of course there not going to put out all the info out bc it may harm the case! like i dont unnderstand why anyone would protect a person who did this.... And as for the sisters saying that he must of have picked up her clothes like get real com'on your so f-ing stupid who does that?????? you both look like fools trying to defend what he did and protect him! i want to know if the body that they found yesterday in Pleasanton ina trash is the body of Sierra LaMar? they had said she was Female and has long hair and painted nails???? someone needs to send those sister back to school and slappe the sh*t out of them.....when they convict him which they already did go slap yourself bc you were feel really dumb....
Corinne Speckert May 25, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Here's an update about he body found in Pleasanton: http://gilroy.patch.com/articles/body-found-in-trash-can-is-woman-not-sierra-lamar-4fe1b255 Authorities say it's not Sierra because of the body's decomposition and age.
VICTORIA HOGUE May 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I BELIEVE IN JUST KILLING THIS BASTARD AND GETTING THE SISTERS A FUCKING EDUCATION!!!!
Tom Foolery May 26, 2012 at 03:13 AM
it's completely reasonable to expect family to support one another, although it must be difficult to have such media attention on the family
Sparrow June 29, 2012 at 06:30 PM
At the original press conference, when the police arrested AGT, the officer stated that his tissue fragments were found on her clothing. Tissue fragments don't come from picking up a shirt and tossing it in the back of the car. I think it would indicate a struggle. In any event, the police have way more than we know. DNA doesnt lie. He's going down! The real tragedy is that Sierra needs to come home!!
Master anderson July 23, 2012 at 02:51 AM
If I was allowed to show confession of the hoax there mind would really change to bad hoaxer fucked up places with him antolin will fry DNA doesn't lie do they think he sleazy kidnapper her gave it to some and he got paid to kidnap her?
Master anderson July 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
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Lisa Guzman July 29, 2012 at 06:47 PM
They said what kind it is already direct evidence is some eye witness or survellience caught his dirty ass Physical evIdence and circumstantial physical could be weapon blood or prints but I'm thinking blood and a weapon was found did y'all read???
Lisa Guzman July 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Of course he's going down you really think a Mexican will beat a white girl??? Yeah ok in another life! I'm Hispanic but it is what it is this bitch is so done!
Lisa Guzman July 29, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Those ignorant sisters did not make valid points they're ignorant as can be are you for real ? Those broads are retarded how retarded is luceros bf??? They got this bitch cause of his image? What fuckin image idiota!!! Who is he to have an image! Only image he has is a grimy one! That's why the bitch is put away!!!!....
Lisa Guzman July 29, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Master shut the fuck up you write shit that dont make sense you so called know so much call the cops stupid!
aria August 03, 2012 at 03:53 AM
i think nafta defense is the instigator of this crime the perpetrators are hell's angels and the nash's housekeeper at maude with two black hispanic looking kids 11 and he's like as old as they say with a goatee then when he shaved it he looks black. he picks them up he's gay just in time befire we git married hitchborn and new bridal nuevo they are brought back to vallejo and with super dieter's tea they are burnt like greendale's in the inferno some sort of adam can't escape issue jerry just clear cutted down the river she'd be about 48 black now still in school family's home one of the first they are biter's
aria August 03, 2012 at 03:55 AM
i know you are nafta supporters
vickie September 14, 2012 at 06:09 PM
listen i was on active parole liven in morgan hill at the time of all this and was invaded by several law enforcment and investigators well i was eating lunch with my mom and 23yrold daughter. yes they dont know what to do in this case cuase after they scanned my home in search any thing leading to the case reason for the word scan cause they didnt actually search meaning if thats what they called search they could have over looked lot n ther searches such s her mothers home//n i wasnt the only parole who was invaded they said they were doing all actie paroles that livd wihe a certian ratiose.
Daisy October 31, 2012 at 02:35 AM
DNA DOES NOT LIE ! These sisters Are very much in denial so sad that they can't get over the fact that there brother did something horribly wrong !! And he most definitely knows what happened to Sierra !! Hope justice is served for this young girl no one deserves what sierra went through god bless the Lamar family and god give some knowledge to these two troubled sisters hope they realize that there brother either did this or had something to do with this and instead of defending him they try and get out of him what happened and where Sierra is !!!
Christina October 31, 2012 at 11:22 PM
FRY the WHOLE damn family. Their a pack of EVIL fucks. I dont like my tax dollars being used to keep this EVIL WICKED FUCK in Protective Custody. WHY do we protect damn Sick ASS criminals, OFF HIS ASS

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