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PORTLAND — No arrests have been made in the investigation into the killing of a Scarborough man in the West End.
But court records show the victim, Bryan Garcia, was known to area police.
Garcia, 35, of 168 Holmes Road, Scarborough, was found dead in a 2003 silver Infiniti G35 sedan on Chadwick Street in the West End at 2:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, Assistant Police Chief Vern Malloch said in a press release.
Scarborough Police Department affidavits from a 2015 arrest indicate the car was owned by Garcia.
Portland police continue to investigate Garcia’s death. It was confirmed as a homicide Tuesday after an autopsy by the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Malloch said.
Police have declined to disclose the cause of Garcia’s death and other information while the investigation continues.
It was the fist homicide in Portland in 2017.
Garcia was a registered sex offender; he was convicted of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in Kennebec County Superior Court in April 2006, according to court records.
But he repeatedly failed to check in with authorities, as required by law.
On Nov. 5, 2015, Scarborough police raided Garcia’s home and ended up charging him with failure to comply with the registry law, theft by receiving stolen property, and illegal possession of a firearm.
Records at Cumberland County Superior Court in Portland show he was sentenced concurrently to nine months for each charge on March 22, 2016.
Police also seized $18,500 in cash and turned it over as part of a drug investigation, but the court ordered the money returned for lack of evidence.
Garcia’s 2015 arrest was the fifth time he was arrested for not verifying his address with authorities every 90 days. According to court files, Garcia said he was a transient. But the raid by local police was to determine the home he was staying in was his domicile.
Officers noted he kept two cars and a motorcycle at the address. Neighbors told police he also had dog that sometimes ran loose.
Police investigated two homicides last year in Portland. No arrests have been made in the March 15, 2016, shooting death of David Anderson at 88 Gilman St., or the April 28, 2016, stabbing of Anthony Best outside the Denny’s restaurant at 1220 Brighton Ave.
Police are looking for help from the public in their investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 874-8575. Anonymous tips can also be made online at www.portland-police.com by clicking “Submit Anonymous Crime Tip,” or by texting 274637 and using the keyword “GOTCHA.”
Last updated Wednesday, March 1, 2016.