U.S. marshals nab York fugitive hiding in Florida shed

Liz Evans Scolforo

A man who police said repeatedly attacked a York City woman with a knife and threatened to cut out her eyes has been captured in Florida — hiding in a shed, officials said.

York City Police obtained an arrest warrant for Victor Manuel Garcia, 27, of no fixed address, on July 5, according to charging documents.

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Local police then asked the U.S. Marshals Service's fugitive task force to track down Garcia, officials said.

The task force learned Garcia was believed to be in the Tampa area, and marshals based there were able to track him down to the 6400 block of North 20th Street, according to a news release from the marshals service.

Garcia was found hiding in a shed and arrested without incident, the news release states.

He will be held in a Tampa jail pending extradition back to York County, according to the marshals service.

The allegations: Police said Garcia held Alicia Watroba against her will July 4 in her home on Front Street for about 3½ hours and used a knife to cut her all over her body, as well as to threaten her life, according to charging documents.

At the time, Garcia and Watroba were friends who occasionally were intimate, according to police.

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Garcia held Watroba at knifepoint in her home starting about 3 a.m., police said. She tried to escape by running out her back door, but Garcia grabbed her hair and pulled her back inside, documents state.

He repeatedly cut her with a knife on her head, arms, wrists and hands, according to charging documents.

"Garcia then repeated that he was going to kill her," documents state. "He also stated that he was going to cut off her fingers and cut out her eyes."

Dad showed up: Watroba's father came to her home about 6:30 a.m. to drive her to work, and she was able to get free of Garcia at that point, according to police.

She was treated for her multiple injuries at York Hospital, police said.

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Investigating officers found blood covering Watroba's kitchen floor, smeared on the front and back doors to her home and on a knife they found in a drying rack next to her kitchen sink, documents state.

Garcia also left his cellphone and a partially smoked marijuana joint in Watroba's living room, according to police.

Once he's brought back to York County, Garcia will be charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment and making terroristic threats.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.