POLK COUNTY, Florida (CW44 News At 10) – 22-year-old Nelson Carpio Garcia, who is illegally in the country, was arrested by PCSO deputies on Saturday, October 30, 2021 and charged with attempted first-degree murder after Garcia stabbed a colleague with a box cutter and then fled on foot in unincorporated Davenport.
Garcia and two other men were working on a home under construction in a new development located on the Oak Reflection Loop (nearest intersection – Ernie Caldwell Blvd) when Garcia got into an argument with the victim. According to the witness and the victim, the altercation was centered around Garcia, who was drinking at work. During the altercation, Garcia pulled out a box cutter and cut the victim several times on his neck and chest – Garcia then fled on foot. The victim was moved with air due to the severity of his injuries. He was treated and discharged from a local hospital.
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Deputies set up a perimeter and searched the area with dog teams and the Aviation Unit. Garcia was located near Bargain Barn Road and US Hwy 17/92. Garcia admitted to having “tried to kill” his colleague after arguing with him. The box cutter was still on him and the evidence was seized for processing.
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A check on Garcia’s criminal history revealed that he had previously been arrested on August 29, 2020 without a valid DL, and that he is not a U.S. citizen – at the time, ICE was notified of his arrest and he was released in their custody from Polk County Jail.
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‘This is the second time in a year that Garcia, who should not even be in the country, has been arrested. In 2020, we notified ICE when he was placed in our jail and they picked him up. Now he is back trying to murder our citizens. Fortunately, the victim was not killed and should recover fully, “said Grady Judd, sheriff
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