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Alleged serial rapist in Pasco charged with fourth attack

HUDSON — A fourth victim has come forward in the case against Tommy Garcia, a 38-year-old Port Richey man who is accused of picking up women, taking them to the woods and raping them at gunpoint.

Garcia was charged Monday with the latest incident, which the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said happened Dec. 12. The victim said Garcia pointed a gun at her, tied her hands behind her back and sexually assaulted her in a Hudson wooded area.

Garcia has been at the Land O'Lakes jail since Thursday, when he was arrested on charges of raping three other women. Authorities said he assaulted two women in December and one in February. Two of the women told deputies they are prostitutes.

One victim got a partial license plate number and description of his vehicle, which led detectives to Garcia — who was then picked out of a photo lineup by the victims, reports state.

He is charged with four counts of sexual battery with a deadly weapon and two counts of kidnapping. Garcia, of 11215 Nome Ave. in Port Richey, told investigators he picked up prostitutes and paid them for oral sex, but he never used force on the women. A pellet gun was found at his house, authorities said.

He remains at the Pasco jail in lieu of $1.6 million bail.

Alleged serial rapist in Pasco charged with fourth attack 02/21/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 5:44pm]
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