Convicted Felon Caught After Escaping From Halfway House

Caledonia Police want the community to be on the lookout for a man they consider as dangerous. Andrew Brian Garcia, 43, of Kenosha, was arrested in 2001 for almost choking a Caledonia woman to death.

UPDATE: Sgt. Brian Wall of the Caledonia Police Department said Garcia had been apprehended and was taken to the Racine County Jail on October 19. "I probably should have checked the jail logs, but I didn't and I probably should have. But the Chief told me to call you and I did." Details around Garcia's arrest are limited. However, we'll update the story when we find out more information.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man, who was out on probation after serving his prison sentence for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, fled from a halfway house in Kenosha and is now being sought by the Caledonia Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service.

Andrew Brian Garcia, 43, of Kenosha, was arrested in 2001 for almost choking a Caledonia woman to death. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office issued a felony charge today against Garcia for failing to register as a sex offender and the U.S. Marshals Service also has a warrant out for Garcia’s arrest for absconding from the Kenosha halfway house, said Sgt. Brian Wall of the Caledonia Police Department.

“We were notified of the need for extra attention because the victim still lives in Caledonia,” Wall said. “This guy needs to be put back behind bars.”

However, to protect her anonymity and insure her safety, Patch is not releasing her exact address or the woman’s name.

Convicted in 2003, Garcia was released from prison on Aug. 2 and assigned to live in a halfway house in Kenosha.

Because of a prior second degree sexual assault of a child conviction from 1991, Garcia was required to tell the Department of Corrections if he had moved, but on Sept. 12, Garcia had left the Kenosha halfway house.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia's counselor called his parole agent after Garcia was “being disruptive and an emergency staffing was requested.” That afternoon a counselor at the facility reported that Garcia had left the facility and had taken all of his belongings with him without permission.

“We were notified by the Department of Corrections that on or about Sept. 12 Mr. Garcia was assigned to a halfway house in Kenosha and he had walked away from the halfway house,” Wall said.

Garcia’s current whereabouts are unknown, Wall said.

“We’re asking the public for information, but he is considered dangerous and we don’t want people to approach or try to apprehend him if they see him,” Wall said.

Police are asking the community to contact them immediately if they see Garcia by calling Sgt. Brian Wall at the Caledonia Police Department at (262) 835-4423 ext. 139 or Agent Harings with the U.S. Marshals Service at (414) 297-3707.

wisconsincitizen October 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM
So let me understand this..this man left a halfway house in Kenosha on September 12 and right now, amonth later, the public is being told that he is dangerous and to be on the lookout for him?
Jeff Frievalt October 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Attempted murder and living in a halfway house, nice.
Mafia Mike October 23, 2012 at 12:17 AM
This article is a perfect example of why concealed carry is a must.
Denise Lockwood October 23, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Don't shoot the messenger, but he was out on parole after being in prison since 2003 and he was probably in jail for two years before that. He was let out in August.
Carrie Boticki-Gayle October 23, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Maybe there could have been more coverage and warnings out there sooner, the JT, local news channels, etc. sooner if he hasn't been heard from in over a month now. Obviously a matter of public safety...
Tracey Mead October 23, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Missing since Sept. 12th, considered dangerous, public warned 1 1/3 months later. SMDH, what would have happened had he have hurt someone else in the meantime, and he may have already, perhaps we just haven't heard about it yet. Why are we being warned now?
Denise Lockwood October 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I'm checking into this more.... and will update the story when I find out.
Denise Lockwood October 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Just so you guys know, I've got some sorting out to do on this story. Yesterday I was told that CAPD and the U.S. Marshals Service was out looking for this guy, but I'm seeing that he's listed on the jail log as being in the Racine County Jail since Oct. 19.


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