Detectives visited Garcia at his home in Fontana where they questioned him about his knowledge of the Arellano killing, which took place when Garcia was 19 years old. They also obtained a second DNA swab from him, Reynaga said.

The Los Angeles County crime lab tested the swab, which confirmed that Garcia’s genetic profile matched the unidentified sample taken from Gladys Arellano’s body in 1996. By that point, Garcia had relocated to Texas, where he was arrested by U.S. marshals on Sept. 29,2020. He was extradited Oct. 14, 2020 to Los Angeles County, where he was held on $1 million bail.