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Published on May 9th, 2013 | by Daniel Perlman


Family of slain New Haven man grateful to police for arresting alleged killer

It may have taken about six months, but police were able to slap the handcuffs on Christian Anderson Garcia’s alleged killer and Garcia’s family is thankful.

A judge signed an arrest warrant last week for Rashid Johnson, and he was taken into custody Monday, police said. Detective Bertram Etienne was eating lunch at Collado Restaurant on Washington Avenue when he spotted Johnson. The arrest made after Etienne called for assistance.

Garcia had been shot inside a Brendan Towers apartment building common hallway on Oct. 21, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The apparent motive was robbery, said Assistant Chief Archie Generoso.

He was a resident of a second floor apartment in the building.

Johnson also was admitted to the Yale-New Haven Hospital St. Raphael campus emergency room for a gunshot wound to the leg shortly after the reported shooting.

Garcia’s family members gathered with police Tuesday at a press conference.

“I’d like to thank you for solving the case even though it took a little long,” said Garcia’s sister, Christine Garcia. “I had hope it would be solved.”

Garcia’s father, Hector Garcia, also thanked police efforts over the past six months.

“My son can rest in peace and we can sleep in peace at night,” he said.

The homicide arrest is the second in as many weeks for the department.

“I think the message that it is sending is they can’t do these things with impunity. We are going to catch them, it might take a while, but we are going to catch them,” Generoso said. “They should think twice about doing this type of thing, about shooting people.”

The Brendan Towers complex on Whalley Avenue, is near the corner of Ella T. Grasso Boulevard. The building is three stories.

This is the second homicide arrest within the past week for the New Haven Police Department. Police arrested Shaun Meyers, also known as “Big Head Shaun,” Wednesday after police spotted him around Norton and George streets.

Meyers allegedly shot Qusaan “QB” McKoy on April 29 in what police have described as a particularly heinous crime. McKoy was shot several times in the body and at least once in the head, according to police.

Meyers allegedly pointed a gun at an officer, who then fired his weapon. Meyers was apprehended as he came out of a nearby apartment complex.

Police so far have made arrests in four of six homicides that occurred this year. They arrested Brandon Sessions on Jan. 22 in connection with the slaying of Kahson T. Douglas that occurred on Oct. 28, 2011.

Police once again thanked the community for cooperating with the investigation.

“When they do (cooperate) we get a good resolution to these cases… we are able to bring some kind of closure to the Garcia family because of that,” Generoso said. “When they cooperate with us and tell us what they see it’s going to help us bring a conclusion to these incidents.

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Source: “Family of slain New Haven man grateful to police for arresting alleged killer,” May 9, 2013

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