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Torture victim escapes triple homicide
Modesto and Ceres police remain tight-lipped about whether a Ceres man had anything to do with Saturday's shooting deaths of three persons inside a southeast Modesto home. But actions by police and the district attorney have fueled speculation that Richard Garcia may be a primary suspect.

Saturday's deadly shooting in the 700 block of N. McClure Road in Modesto has a common thread with the recent Ceres case where two men are accused of brutally beating, terrorizing and holding a pregnant woman captive in a Ceres home for nine days. The 18-year-old victim of the Jan. 27 to Feb. 4 Ceres false imprisonment case was present at the McClure Road triple homicide shooting. The teen was the sole survivor of the attack and called police as she hid in a closet.

Killed early Saturday were the 18-year-old woman's brother, David Siebels, 16, along with Edward Reinig, 31, and Alyxandria Tellez, 19.

On Sunday at 8:08 p.m., Ceres Police arrested Richard Garcia (previously reported as Richard Garibay), on additional charges relating to the Ceres torture case. Garcia, 31, had sprung out of the Stanislaus County Jail after posting bail the day following his Feb. 7 arrest.

"The D.A.'s office wanted him back in custody because they wanted some different charges filed on him," said Ceres Police Deputy Chief Mike Borges.

Garcia is now being charged with torture in regards to the Ceres case. Original charges of spousal abuse, false imprisonment, and making terrorist threats still apply.

His new bail was raised to $1 million.

Modesto police will not release details of the triple homicide but did issue a statement saying the victims were likely specific targets of the murderer or murderers who entered the home through an unlocked door.

Garcia's former girlfriend was sleeping in a nephew's bedroom - he was reportedly staying elsewhere for the night - when she heard shots and hid in a bedroom closet. From there she called 911 on her cell phone.

The same woman was held against her will at 1757 Richland Avenue in Ceres from Jan. 27 until Feb. 4, said police Sgt. Jose Berber.

Detectives say the victim, who was 12 weeks pregnant at the time, was finally released on Feb. 4 because the physical wounds she suffered in the Jan. 27 attack had healed over time.

Police say Garcia allegedly flipped out after reading a message on her cell phone and that he struck the woman in the face and body. Garcia allegedly pointed a handgun at her and threatened to kill her. The woman told Ceres investigators that she believed that Garcia and alleged accomplice Armando Osegueda, 20, were under the influence of methamphetamine during her beating.

Police said Garcia and Osegueda discussed how they were going to dispose of the woman's body after they killed her. They allegedly bound the victim with tape and zip ties and continued uttering threats to kill her, using a knife at one point, as well as attempting to strangle her. The victim also reported that Garcia continued to threaten to kill her and her family.

The woman was released from the home on Feb. 4 after she asked to be released, police said, because her visible wounds had healed. Borges said that other than initially being tied up, the woman was allowed to freely roam the apartment but said "in her mindset she was not free to leave because of their actions."

The woman went to her family who took her to the hospital for treatment of bruises and burns from a cigarette lighter.

Police found Garcia in court for an unrelated case on Feb. 7 and arrested him. He was free on bail the next day.

Armando Osegueda was arrested for terrorist threats, and for being an accessory to the crimes committed by Garcia. In the Ceres home police seized a 5.7-caliber FN handgun, which was capable of firing ammunition that will penetrate body armor, a stolen large screen TV, and methamphetamine. Evidence of drug sales was taken as well as an undisclosed amount of money.

Ceres Police Department is asking anyone with any information on this case to contact Detective Derek Perry at 538-5730; or the Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers, 1-866-60-CRIME. Persons may also text tips to "274637" with TIP704 included somewhere in the wording of the text.