Prosecutor: Kearny man, 31, accused of sexually assaulting girl, 14, arrested in Puerto Rico


A 31-year-old Kearny man is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the end of 2021 was arrested in Puerto Rico yesterday, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Jose Garcia. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Alfredo Garcia, 31, of Kearny, was arrested at approximately 7:50 p.m. in San German, Puerto Rico by members of the U.S. Marshals Service-District of Puerto Rico Violent Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the United States Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force.

He was sought for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female victim in Kearny on December 20th, 2021.

Following an investigation, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit charged Garcia with two separate counts of sexual assault, luring/enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal sexual contact.

Garcia is being detained at the Metropolitan Jail #705 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico as a fugitive from justice pending extradition to New Jersey.

Suarez credited the HCPO Special Victims Unit (SVU), the Kearny Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service of Puerto Rico Violent Fugitive Task Force, and the Puerto Rico Police Department with the investigation and arrest.

Anyone wishing to report a sex crime should call the HCPO SVU at 201-915-1234. All information will be kept confidential.

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