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Two Arrests for Attempted Murder – Third Suspect Sought

February 11, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Saturday, January 30, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a fight broke out at Route 66 bar at 1900 W Needles Highway, Needles. During the fight an unknown Hispanic or Indian male struck the victim on the back of the head with a glass bottle. The victim was knocked unconscious immediately and fell to the floor.

While lying motionless on the floor John Garcia and Jacob Knox kicked the victim's head. The victim's girlfriend and friends continually attempted to fend off Garcia and Knox but the two continued to kick the victim in the head. While attempting to protect the victim, one of the friends fell to the floor and Garcia kicked him several times, rendering him unconscious as well.

The three suspects left the bar prior to the deputies arrival. The victim was flown to Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada for treatment and is in critical condition.

On February 9, Jacob Knox (age 39 of Las Vegas, NV ) was located by Needles Detectives in Las Vegas, with the help of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and arrested without incident. He was booked on a fugitive warrant for attempted murder into the Clark County jail. John Garcia (age 41 of Mohave Valley, AZ) was located and arrested by Needles Detectives in the City of Needles for attempted murder without incident and booked into the Needles jail. The third suspect has not been identified. He is described as a Hispanic or Native Indian male. He is approximately 38-40 years old, 5'08" to 5'10" tall and 200 pounds. He has long black hair and is possibly a truck driver. He identified himself as "Manuel" the night of the incident.

Anyone one with information regarding this incident should contact the Needles Police Department at 760-326-9200, or those who wish to remain anonymous can call 1-800-78CRIME (27463).

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Citizens may also submit an anonymous tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form or call the WETIP anonymous hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463). Anyone with further information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Colorado River Station at 760-921-7900.

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