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Couple Wanted In Dismemberment Killing Arrested

LOS ANGELES — A Pennsylvania couple far from home and suspected of cutting up a Good Samaritan into pieces were arrested after being found in an abandoned office building just several miles from the slaying.

Police thought Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and his 25-year-old wife, Melissa Hope Garcia, had left Southern California and may have returned to York, Pa. On Friday, a fugitive task force arrested the pair, who were living in squalid conditions in an abandoned office building in Hollywood.

The Garcias have been charged with murder and the special circumstances of torture in the Thanksgiving killing of Herbert Tracy White, 49, of Los Angeles. A maid found his dismembered body stuffed in a backpack and under a bed in the Continental Hotel in the seedy downtown Skid Row area.

Authorities believe they were trying to rob White, who had befriended them and gave them money.

It appears that White “initially was attempting to help both suspects, then somehow things got out of hand at the hotel room,” said Los Angeles police Detective Julio Benavides.

Investigators believe the couple were going to take away White’s body but were interrupted. The hotel room was rented by the Garcias.

Police interviewed the couple Friday night. Investigators said that while they couldn’t reveal if there was a confession, the Garcias were upset about what happened.

“Their attitude toward it, was there was some remorse involved,” said Los Angeles police Detective Richard Arciniega. “Mr. Garcia basically apologized to the (White) family for his actions.”

A 3 1/2-inch “hunting-type” knife has been found that was used to kill White, police said. The couple are believed to be the only suspects.

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