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Deputies arrest suspected serial rapist suspected in 5 cases since August 26

Posted at 3:17 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 21:59:35-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)-- Pima County Sheriff's Deputies arrested a suspect who is believed to be involved in 2 rape cases from Pima County and 3 from the Tucson Police Department. 

The suspect has been identified as 43-year-old Christopher Garcia.

He has been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex for Armed Robbery, Sexual Abuse, and Aggravated Assault. He is held on a 800,000 secured bond.

Tucson Police Department also charged him with kidnapping.

The initial case happened on August 26. Sheriff Chris Nanos says one victim was found on Mount Lemmon with no clothes on. She had bruises and scrapes. 

Sheriff Nanos said Garcia became more violent with each occurrence.

A week later, a similar case but more aggressive. Someone found a woman along Old Spanish Trail. She was physically and sexually assaulted.

The most recent case was Tuesday, September 20.

The Sheriff's Department and TPD started to work together to locate and arrest the suspect. 

One victim recalled when she was in the car with Garcia, he stopped at a Wells Fargo to withdraw money.

"We got ahold of Wells Fargo," said Sheriff Nanos. "They gave us a photo and ID of the individual card owner, whether if it is the man or not we don't know. We did some background check there and found out that individual did in fact own a small sedan and started backtracking from that."

Investigators found Garcia working at his maintenance job Thursday afternoon and booked him.

Sheriff Nanos says it would not surprise him if they found Garcia linked to other cases. 

Garcia has an extensive criminal history. He served more than 10 years in prison for burglary and property theft. He was released from prison back in May. 

Three months later, he is back in custody.

If you have any information about these cases or other cases you are urged to call 9-1-1.

You can also submit an anonymous tip to 88-CRIME.