Garcia formally advised of kidnapping, child sex assault charges

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A Pueblo man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl made his initial court appearance Monday.

Jose Garcia, 29, wore a bullet proof vest as he appeared via inmate video for his formal advisement. He faces charges of second degree kidnapping and sexual assault by a person in a position of trust.

According to police, Garcia kidnapped the young victim as she was walking home from school last Thursday afternoon. The following morning, a stranger dropped off the girl and Garcia at a Colorado Springs Circle K convenience store after Garcia’s truck broke down.

The girl, who appeared to have two black eyes and other facial injuries, asked the store clerk to use the phone and called 911.

Garcia fled on foot but was arrested a short time later.

Pueblo Police are also investigating a case involving Garcia’s ex-girlfriend who says Garcia sexually assaulted her daughter the same day he allegedly kidnapped the nine-year-old.

Garcia’s ex-girlfriend and her daughter live on the same street as the nine-year-old girl’s family.