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Former sailor pleads guilty to sexual assault, attempted rape charges from 2010 attack

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Posted at 12:53 PM, Nov 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-20 15:12:37-05
Amin Garcia

Amin Garcia

Norfolk, Va. – A former sailor pleaded guilty to assault and attempted rape charges related to the 2010 attack of a former female Army officer in Kuwait.

The victim said an unknown black male, whose face was almost completely covered by an undershirt, attacked her while she was in the shower.  The woman said the man pulled her out of the shower to the opposite end of the shower trailer and told her to face away from him.

The victim tried to fight back against the attacker, who repeatedly cut her with a box cutter and punched her in the head multiple times.

During the attack, the attacker said that he “guessed” he would have to kill her.  The victim complied with the attacker and said she would do whatever he wanted her to do and begged him to stop cutting her.

The attacker ran away and the victim ran to her tent to get help and was taken to a medical facility.

Court documents say that investigators found a blood stained shirt at the scene, believed to be the shirt that was covering the attacker’s face.

Investigators also saw a trail of blood going from the women’s shower to a washroom, where they found even more blood.

The U.S. Criminal Investigative Laboratory found two DNA profiles in the blood samples, one belonging to the victim and the other belonging to a male with Type A blood.

Investigators believed 26-year-old Amin Jason Carl Garcia was a suspect in connection to the attack.

In 2013, NCIS investigators followed Garcia and after he ate lunch, they took a fork, two cups and a banana to collect DNA samples. The DNA samples collected from Garcia’s lunch matched the DNA found from the blood at the scene of the 2010 attack.

Garcia’s DNA also matched DNA found at a sexual assault scene in Norfolk in 2008.  The rapist returned to the victim’s home later in 2008 and raped the victim’s daughter.  NCIS and the Norfolk Police department found fingerprints from the scene that matched Garcia’s fingerprints.  Garcia was in the Navy at the time of the rapes and lived about a mile away from the victims. He was convicted of the 2008 rapes in August 2014 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Garcia was indicted by a federal grand jury for the 2010 attack on Oct. 9, 2014. He is set to be sentenced on Feb. 22, 2016.