Man arrested at border in July 4th murder of father-in-law

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Joseph Henry Garcia

SAN DIEGO – A man suspected of fatally stabbing his father-in-law at a Fourth of July party was behind bars Monday morning after he was caught trying to cross the border to Mexico, according to San Diego Police Lt. Paul Rorrison.

Police arrested 22-year-old Joseph Henry Garcia at the Otay Mesa border crossing at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. He was charged with the murder of 54-year-old Hermeneglido Parra.

Police were called to a family party on the 3100 block of National Avenue in Logan Heights just before 7 p.m. Saturday. They found Parra unconscious on the ground with multiple stab wounds to his torso. Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

An initial investigation revealed a number of family members were gathered at the home celebrating July 4th when Garcia and Parra began fighting. Shortly after, Garcia allegedly stabbed Parra several times and then fled the party in a car, which police later found in the South Bay.

Garcia was found trying to cross the Otay Mesa border into Mexico around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday and was arrested. Police booked Garica into county jail and charged him with murder.

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