Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer's remarks from Monday's press conference regarding the arrest of a man in connection with two Omaha double homicides.
The purpose of this press conference is to update the Omaha area on the task force murder investigation into the 2008 Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter homicides and the 2013 homicides of Dr. and Mary Brumback.
In 2008, the murders of Shirlee Sherman and Thomas Hunter caused great concern for the Omaha community. In May of 2013, the murders of Dr. and Mary Brumback further placed the Omaha community, and especially the Creighton pathology department, on considerable edge.
As you know, I've authorized the formation of a task force with the sole purpose of determining if the homicides are related and to solve the four homicides. The task force is comprised of the Omaha Police Department's homicide investigators and other investigators, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Nebraska State Patrol. The task force was led and will continue to be led by Deputy Chief Mary Newman who is standing with me today, Capt. Kerry Neuman (SP?) of the Omaha Police Department who is with me today, along with FBI agent in charge Mr. Tom Metz (sp?) and assistant agent in charge Mr. Larry Wingo (sp?) At my original press conference, when I announced the formation of the task force, I made the statement that I would not want this task force coming after me.
Today, I'm able to provide a sense of closure to the victims' families, Creighton University and the Omaha community. Arrested this morning was Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia, with a date of birth of June 7, 1973, for four counts of first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit the murders. Dr. Garcia was arrested in the state of Illinois today and currently lives in Terre Haute, Ind.
Dr. Garcia worked in Creighton's pathology department from July 2000 until June of 2001 where he was a resident. His employment ended when he was terminated by Dr. Hunter and Dr. Brumback. The task force has been monitoring Dr. Garcia's movements for a period of time. Our original operational plan was to serve a search warrant on his home in Terre Haute, Ind., tomorrow. However, it became necessary to make an arrest today, and Dr. Garcia was pulled over during a traffic stop by the Illinois State Police today. He was arrested without incident, and he did show signs of alcohol impairment and had a 45-caliber handgun on his person at the time.
Members of the task force flew out of Omaha to various states across the country on Sunday. At this time, search warrants are being served in each of the states that we visited in continuation of this investigation. It would have been my preference to have every member of the task force standing behind me today. However, they are needed across the country as we continue this investigation. It is imperative that I do not divulge too much of the evidence that law enforcement has on this case because it is ongoing prosecution and I don't want to damage that aspect.
At this point in our investigation, we are led to believe that he committed these murders alone and we are investigating the history of Dr. Garcia.
The task force also utilized the assistance of the FBI's national behavioral analysis unit. Dr. Garcia has not lived in Omaha for 12 years that we are aware of.
The victims' families and Creighton University were notified of this arrest just prior to my press conference. Even though an arrest has been made, the task force will remain in effect as we continue this investigation.
I want to personally thank the task force for their hard work, dedication and service to solving these homicides, and I'm aware that members of the task force are watching this conference from across the country and I want them to know they have my personal thanks and I want them to be safe as they continue their investigation. And please remember this is an ongoing investigation and we have been in constant contact with Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine and Assistant Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle.