Registered sex offender arrested after incident in Gardnerville
By Maggie O’Neill
Tribune News Service
A Gardnerville resident is being held in Douglas County jail without bail for allegedly attempting to kidnap and sexually assault a Carson Valley woman.
Investigators arrested Adam Garcia, 23, Wednesday. He has registered as a sex-offender in Douglas County due to previous charges stemming from Lancaster and Mammoth Lakes cases.
Garcia has no bail because the arrest violates his Mono County probation.
Garcia confessed Wednesday to a Douglas County investigator that he pulled a utility knife on a Gardnerville woman about 6:15 a.m. May 16 as she jogged on Centerville Lane, officials said. He reportedly slowed his vehicle alongside her as she ran, threatened her with a knife, grabbed her and told her to get inside his vehicle.
The 46-year-old woman struggled free with some effort and ran from the scene and called police. She got a partial license plate number from Garcia’s vehicle, according to reports.
Garcia also confessed to an April 24 incident involving a 42-year-old woman walking her dogs near the Gardnerville Ranchos sandpits about 9 a.m. Garcia is believed to have grabbed her from behind, a grasp she broke out of. When she asked him what he was doing, he exposed himself to her, ran to his white sedan and drove away, the woman told the sheriff’s department.
On April 18, a woman filed a report that she was near Deseret and Silver Birch in Minden when a man she described as in his 20s pulled up and asked if she wanted to play around with him. The woman told him to leave.
Garcia will appear in East Fork Justice Court.