Man charged with stabbing woman in neck

An initial appearance was scheduled to resume Dec. 9 for a Janesville man charged with stabbing a woman in the neck in a car at Walmart in Lake Geneva.

Marcos Garcia Jr., 29, was charged Dec.  4 in Walworth County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless injury, both with the use of a dangerous weapon; and misdemeanor bail jumping; all as a repeater.

According to the criminal complaint, a 27-year-old woman was lying on her back near the entrance to Walmart with a cut to the throat at about 2:55 a.m. Nov. 25. The woman was pale, drifting in and out of consciousness and had a sizable amount of blood on her and at the base of her neck, and several people were gathered around her, according to the complaint. The woman was taken to Aurora Summit Hospital.

A Mercury sport utility vehicle in the Walmart parking lot had a substantial amount of blood on the center console, and an open folding knife with blood on it was on the passenger-side floor, according to the complaint. The woman told police she was in the SUV with Garcia when he tried to take her phone away and then began stabbing her in the neck, the complaint states. She said blood began to rush from her neck, and she was able to get out of the SUV and run through the parking lot for help, according to the complaint.

A nurse reported the woman’s carotid artery had been partially cut and surgery was performed to repair the artery and other damages, according to the complaint.

Garcia admitted grabbing the woman’s phone and stabbing her, and said he was going to kill her and take her car with her dead body in it back to Janesville, the complaint states.

Methamphetamine was found in the SUV, and Garcia was found with drug paraphernalia when he was arrested. He was convicted in Rock County of possession of marijuana and burglary and is charged in a Walworth County case in which he pulled a knife out during a confrontation with another man, according to the complaint.

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