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May 17, 2012 10:55 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Man Pleads Not Guilty In Riverhead Murder Case

May 23, 2012 11:33 AM

The 21-year-old man charged with raping and murdering a Riverhead woman earlier this month, and leaving her body in a parking lot on Route 58 in Riverhead, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder at his arraignment last Thursday morning.

Guillermo Alfonso Alvarado-Ajcuc, a Guatemala native who authorities said was in the country illegally and living in Riverhead, was arrested by Suffolk County Homicide Squad detectives on the evening of May 16 and charged with the murder of 29-year-old Mirian Yohana Garcia of Aquebogue, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. Authorities said additional charges could be pending, and that the investigation was continuing.

Mr. Alvarado-Ajcuc allegedly raped Ms. Garcia sometime after meeting her at the Riverhead bar Sabor Latino on Saturday, May 5, and strangled her with a belt, according to officials representing Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota. Officials did not reveal where the rape and murder took place. Ms. Garcia’s body was discovered on the morning of Monday, May 7, in the parking lot of the same shopping center as Sabor Latino.

The Suffolk County Homicide Squad referred all questions about the investigation to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. In a previous interview, Lieutenant Jack Fitzpatrick, the commanding officer of the Suffolk Homicide Squad, said Ms. Garcia was last seen the Saturday night before her death at Sabor Latino. He said it was not clear if she was seen alive on Sunday.

Mr. Alvarado-Ajcuc, who was held overnight at Riverhead Town Police headquarters, was denied bail the next day in Riverhead Town Justice Court and remanded to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside, where he still remains, authorities said. He is due to return to court on Tuesday, June 5, officials said.

Ms. Garcia, who recently moved to Aquebogue from Flanders, had been employed for the past four years at the Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue. Regina Smith, the marketing director at the marina, described Ms. Garcia—who they called by her middle name, Yohana—as a hard worker and noted that her employment actually dates back almost a decade, explaining that she had worked there, on and off, over that time. Ms. Smith noted that Ms. Garcia’s sister, Zully Garcia Mancilla, is also a marina employee.

“I knew her from working with her,” Ms. Smith said. “She was a very hard worker and had a can-do attitude.”

She described Ms. Garcia as a sensitive woman who was always there for her family. After the death of her nephew earlier this year, Ms. Garcia was constantly by her sister’s side and taking care of her, according to Ms. Smith.

“She always had a smile on her face and she was always courteous,” Ms. Smith said. “She never said she couldn’t do something; it was always ‘yea, yea, yea.’”

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Other news sources have reported that he's an illegal immigrant.

It will cost millions to prosecute and incarcerate this killer, and yet bleeding heart pro-illegal immigration liberals have no problem with these resources being wasted on someone who shouldn't have been in the country to begin with.

No, they want to raise your taxes (you evil capitalists), but keep those borders wide open.

By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 1:08 PM
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Actually, by the record, the current "bleeding heart" liberal adminsitration has been deporting more illegal aliens at a higher rate. And even more so those with a criminal record. Guess the last admin to pass an amnesty. You are simply being fooled by rhetoric.


Paragraph 4: In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Border Patrol arrested 327,577 people trying to cross the southern ...more
By KRich (2), East Setauket on May 17, 12 4:08 PM
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First of all, I never mentioned any particular administration.

Secondly, my association of pro-illegal immigrant views with liberals is absolutely accurate.

Just who is pushing for government largesse for illegal immigrants? Which idealogical side wants blanket amnesty, taxpayer subsidized in state tuition rates, drivers licenses, and now, the right to practice law by people who have no legal right to be here?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:09 PM

Do you oppose taxpayer funded benefits going to illegal immigrants?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:36 PM
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"As for issuing drivers' licenses,it would be a way to document and monitor immigrants thus being a way to know who is here.".

So after identifying an illegal immigrant (NOT "IMMIGRANT", as you like to conflate legal immigrants with illegal aliens) why not deport them?

Guess what, we have a way to track immigrants already, by way of legal immigration. There's a path to citizenship already, through the legal immigration process.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:40 PM
Q: Does the IRS pay billions in tax refunds to workers who are in the U.S. illegally?

A: Yes. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General determined that $4.2 billion was paid in 2010, up from less than $1 billion in 2005. Leading Democrats are resisting a bill that would stop future payments.


By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:45 PM
Give me a break. DO you think the guys being picked up at 7/11 are paying taxes?

No, they are simply filing returns for refundable tax credits.

Stop assuming people are idiots. You are transparent.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:56 PM
Yes, I speculate that illegal immigrants working as cash day laborers don't pay taxes on their income.

Are you suggesting they may be paying taxes on that income?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 9:29 PM
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If someone broke in your window and came into your home would you offer them a seat? Hungry? I'll fix you a nice meal. You and your 3 children can sleep upstairs. Need medical care I'll take care of that.Your kids need to school? My neighbors and I will take care of that.You just take it easy.The Police aren't going to bother you because you are a criminal.They will look the other way.Work off the books it's just another crime.Don't worry be happy
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 20, 12 12:33 PM
Phil wrote:

"Depends on the situation,ie-
By law,all children must be educated by taxpayer funded schools.That includes the children of illegal immigrants."

"Jus sanguinis" fixes that massive problem, now doesn't it?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 20, 12 7:46 PM
All the citizens of Suffolk County should demand of our leaders an immediate
investigation of individuals who enter our county with proof of citizenship.
Additionally, Employee Verify and Secure Communities should be mandated
for Suffolk County for all businesses. These are our demands: Enforce The
By East Ender (64), Southampton on May 17, 12 1:19 PM
Sounds good, but how are they supposed to do that? The Federal Government hasn’t been able to. I'm sure you have a plan that Suffolk County can implement so that they are able to meet your demands. If your plan works perhaps it can be put to work across the nation.
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on May 17, 12 2:22 PM
Can't, or won't?

It's simple. You employ illegals you go to jail.

After a few years of that, any that haven't self-deported and are identified should be turned over to INS and sent back to their home countries.

Who knows, if those corrupt countries south of the border can no longer foist their poor onto the US, they might actually come under pressure to improve the living conditions for their own citizens.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:12 PM
Hey Archie and Edith!

Have some respect for the poor girl who lost her life... This is a story about a young woman who lost her life. I'm sure if you added up all the homicide's in this country most are committed by lawful "citizens". Save you bigotry for the next Clan meeting. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Using her death as a platform for any kind of opinion.

By Soundview (89), Hampton bays on May 17, 12 2:28 PM
I agree with you, but I did see that guy every day in southampton.
By G_J_V_Overbeck (24), Westhampton Beach on May 17, 12 4:06 PM
It's becuause of people like you who tolerate mass illegal immigration and the lawlessness it encourages that this woman is dead.

Your selfish desire to feel good about yourself contributed far more to this than any "bigotry" you'd like to project.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:14 PM
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Funny, Southampton knows nothing, but the Riverhead paper has the full story.

Looks like we need another leaf raker, or hole digger or dishwasher. Awww.
By Tommy Turbo (60), Deep River, CT on May 17, 12 2:35 PM
For the record, our friends at the Riverhead News-Review are doing an excellent job covering the murder, which was in their coverage area ... though we generally don't allow links to other publications in comments, I'm going to make an exception here: http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2012/05/36829/riverhead-man-charged-with-murder-in-yohana-garcias-death/

To the commenter above: Your comment has been reported as inappropriate by several readers. I'm not taking it down, because ...more
By Joseph Shaw, Executive Editor (206), Hampton Bays on May 17, 12 5:16 PM
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You choose not to report immigration status, even when it's made available to you by authorities.

What are you trying to do? Mask the ever increasing problem of illegal immigrants committing crimes?

Are you blind to the epidemic of unlicensed, uninsured drivers on our roads? Are you oblivious to MS13 and it's affiliate, murderous gangs destroying neighborhoods to the west of us?

Where's your journalistic integrity?
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:22 PM
wow, I seen this guy every day in southampton looking for work at 7/11.
By G_J_V_Overbeck (24), Westhampton Beach on May 17, 12 4:03 PM
Riverhead is becoming a battle ground.They caught this murdering illegal alien who strangled Ms.Garcia.Meanwhile a convicted rapist tried to rape another woman. A couple of days ago they arrested a machete wielding cur on Main St after he cut his victim. Brawls,shootings,stabbings are becoming commonplace.Not to mention the schools and the taxes
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 17, 12 5:14 PM
Oh stop, you bigot.

Plenty of legal citizens run around atacking people with machete's on Long Island.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on May 17, 12 8:41 PM
Is it me or does he looked a little bummed out?
By ridethetruthwave (17), southampton on May 17, 12 9:12 PM
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By ridethetruthwave (17), southampton on May 17, 12 9:17 PM
Why do you say illegals dont pay tax?!? Theres a thing called tax payer id,besides even if they dont have a tax number doesnt all the other stuff get taxed?? The food,the clothes,the gas,cell phones,cable,Water,electric,,i can name plenty other things. where does that money go?!?! Im pretty sure if there is no tax id number added up it becomes a big amount of unclaimed money for the u.s government.every one pays taxes you ignorant.Going back to the story yess him and all the criminials shouldnt ...more
By thetruth (9), hampton bays on May 18, 12 1:53 AM
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Being here illegally does so make you a criminal! lol Do you actually believe that or are you stirring the pot?

Entering this country from any point other than a manned border post with proper paperwork is a CRIME and the perp would then be considered a criminal by our legal system regardless of your opinion.

8 U.S.C. § 1325 : US Code - Section 1325: Improper entry by alien

(a) Improper time or place; avoidance of examination or inspection;
misrepresentation and ...more
By ICE (1214), Southampton on May 18, 12 11:13 PM
"being illegal doesn't make you a criminal". Sit back and look at that
Statement for a minute and then tell me you think it's
A smart thing to say.
By bubby (236), southampton on May 19, 12 2:02 PM
I guess "thetruth" missed the IRS loophole that allows illegal immigrants to claim relatives in Mexico.

By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 19, 12 8:06 PM
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I'm sorry, but I also pay the same taxes that these illegals pay as you state. PLUS
Federal and State Income Tax, Social Security Tax, Medicare and State Disability Tax each week out of my hard worked money. Something they are not paying into and if you think they are not receiving some of this money some way some how, then bury your head in the sand a little more. Also how many of these illegals actually have a tax payer ID. Let's be realistic, it's a very very very low percentage.
By pcone (28), hampton bays on May 18, 12 8:30 AM
How many have a Social Security number that belongs to a United States citizen, who hasn't graduated high school yet?

If you have kids, find a way to check their credit proper...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 19, 12 8:11 PM
Yess ur right but me as a tax payer live my life and let them live theirs,them not paying taxes doesnt earn you less money at the end of the week or at the end of the year in your taxes,besides the pbes getting all the money is the government,illegals are not taking ur money ,live your life an let them live
By thetruth (9), hampton bays on May 18, 12 9:22 AM
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And just where does the government get the money, genuis? It is MY money!When they pay no taxes and end up in Southampton Hospital in ICU with TB for months at a time....who is paying for that? Hmmmm government? Oh wait! Thats MY money again!
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 18, 12 10:54 AM
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Thank You Squeaky! Couldn't have said it better myself. thetruth and other people like him will just keep their head in the sand and keep saying this is not their problem. Wake up people!! This is your problem and your money!!
By pcone (28), hampton bays on May 18, 12 1:26 PM
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By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 18, 12 9:39 PM
Wow. You are a complete idiot.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 19, 12 7:27 AM
NO HUMAN IS ILLEGAL!! Just kidding!!!!
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on May 18, 12 5:33 PM
Anyone know if the victim was here legally?
By ICE (1214), Southampton on May 18, 12 11:19 PM
He's been here illegally for 4 years.
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on May 19, 12 3:04 PM
"Jus sanguinis" NOW.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 19, 12 8:14 PM
Hey phil, no offense, but citizenship should not be based on being able to "get it on".

And Cap, the whole Obama citizenship thing would involve a conspiracy involving too many people to be kept hush. Alvin Onaka, and Chiyome Fukino would both have to be "on the take" along with everyone in their office, and the image of the certificate not only looks like a scan from a ledger page, it perfectly fits the period style of said certificate. If you look closely, you can even see handwritten ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 27, 12 7:26 PM
HMMM, how much foreign aid do we send to Mexico , Central and South America each year? I'd imagine that it would be enough to deport a LOT of illegals.
Condolances to the family of the women murdered, God grant you peace.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 28, 12 6:45 AM
Well, if we keep all their rapists, murderers and child molesters, they look to be in pretty good shape. Please....
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on May 28, 12 7:48 AM
Conditions in Mexico are already out of control, drug cartel murders on the rise. Let sovereign nations take care of their own for a while. WE NEED TO GET OUR OWN HOUSE IN ORDER!! It's not our responsibility to take care of the entire world, especially those nations whose main export to is us their poor, uneducated and criminals.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 28, 12 10:07 AM
Jus soli is actually the law in virtually every New World country. (I think one of the Guyanas is jus sanguinis.) As for aid to Mexico, without our aid Mexico would legalize recreational drugs, exporting all the narcotrafficante homicides north of the border. On the other hand, if WE legalized recreational drugs, the drug gangs would cease to exist, negating the need for further Mexican aid.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on May 28, 12 11:35 AM