Man behind bars after being reported kidnapped during trial
Adan Vaca Garcia, the 19-year-old Colusa man who was reported to be abducted during his trial in September, is behind bars at the Colusa County Jail after being arrested in Citrus Heights.
Garcia, who was facing several drug charges, was booked Thursday and is being held on $500,000 bail.
Garcia was arrested by the Citrus Heights Police Department on Saturday on a felony warrant for failure to appear after posting bail. He was initially booked in into Rio Consumes Corrections Center, and then transferred back to Colusa County Jail.
"He was arrested down there in the early morning of Jan. 11," Colusa County Sheriff's Lt. Shane Maxey said. "He wanted to be seen by a judge down there and asked to have is bail reduced. That was denied and he was picked up at Rio Consumes Corrections Center."
Now that Garcia has been found, the criminal case against him will proceed, as the Colusa County District Attorney's Office indicated it would in October.
Garcia's disappearance resulted in his trial being halted on Sept. 29. Garcia's parents, Maria and Jesus Garcia, both said under oath their son was abducted by three masked men, one of whom was carrying a gun, after the family drove home from Taco Bell. Authorities searched for Garcia, but were unable to find him by the time court resumed, and a mistrial was declared.
The charges against Garcia included possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sale, street terrorism, child endangerment, battery, and a gang enhancement charge. Now, that list of charges will expand.
"There are going to be some additional charges brought against him. We're looking at a conspiracy charge, and a failure to appear charge as well," District Attorney John Poyner said.
An additional investigation continues into the reports of the abduction, Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell said.
Citrus Heights Police Sgt. Rich Wheaton said his department received a tip from an informant that a wanted subject was in their jurisdiction, which led to an arrest being made on Jan. 11.
Officers surrounded a house, ordered Garcia to come out, and arrested him after he tried to jump a fence in the backyard, Wheaton said.
"It's not as if we found him in captivity," he added.