Son of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Arrested on Multiple Felony Charges

Son of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia Arrested

Julian Garcia

COACHELLA — The son of Democratic Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, Julian Izel Garcia, 20, was arrested on Feb. 22 on five felony charges and one misdemeanor charge, according to jail records.

The Coachella Police Department arrested Julian Garcia at 12:23 a.m. on Da Vinci Drive in Coachella.

He was booked into the John Benoit Detention Center at 5:26 a.m. He was released later that day on $55,000 bail.

He is scheduled to appear in court at 7:30 a.m. on April 25 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

He was arrested on charges of:

  • felony kidnapping (Penal Code 207 A)
  • felony false imprisonment (Penal Code 236)
  • felony inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant (Penal Code 273.5 A)
  • felony grand theft property (Penal Code 487A)
  • felony vandalism of $400 or more (Penal Code 594 [B] [1])
  • misdemeanor of preventing wireless communication (Penal Code 591.5 A)

What it means

  • Penal Code § 591.5 PC makes it a misdemeanor offense to maliciously damage or obstruct a communication device in order to prevent someone from using it to seek help. A conviction is punishable by. up to one year in jail and. a fine of up to $1000.
  • Penal Code § 594(b)(1)) states that you maliciously defaced with graffiti or with other inscribed material/ damaged/destroyed real/ personal property; AND. You did not own the property/owned the property with someone else; AND. The amount of damage caused by the vandalism was $400 or more. (PC 594(b)(1))
  • Penal Code § V 487A, theft of agricultural products, or livestock (e.g. hogs, mules, horses, avocados, fruit etc.) valued at over $250, is considered to be grand theft. In other words, it falls under the same umbrella and punishments as grand theft.
  • Penal Code § Section 273.5(a) PC makes it illegal to injure a spouse, cohabitant or fellow parent in an act of domestic violence. This offense is also referred to as domestic abuse, domestic violence, or corporal injury to a spouse.
  • Penal Code [CPC] §207(a) – Kidnapping – Penal Code Section 207(a) makes it illegal to take someone, by means of force or fear, into any other California county, or any other state, or country. Taking someone to a place inside the same county is also made illegal.
  • State licensing boards and authorities can request under California Penal Code Section 23 that a California professional license be suspended (as a condition of bail) if the licensee has been charged with a criminal offense and a criminal case is pending.

The younger Garcia’s arrest came two months after his father announced he would not seek reelection in November so he could spend more time with family.

“Next year will mark ten years of service in the State Assembly,” Eduardo Garcia said at the time. “Ten years of delivering for our constituents. Also, ten years of commuting to Sacramento Mondays through Thursdays or Fridays – away from my family. My son was ten, and my daughter was only a few months old as I held her in my arms to take my oath of office. He is now a talented, creative young adult, and she is now a smart, charismatic 9-year-old. I can’t count the number of basketball games and back-to-school nights I’ve missed in this vocation … Ultimately, I want to be present for more of these precious moments with them.”



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  • Julian Garcia: RSO
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