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Man accused of stalking, attacking woman at Orlando airport

Orlando police launch internal investigation into incident

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man is facing stalking and battery charges after a woman said he stalked her for months and attacked her in an airport parking garage.

Ricardo Garcia, 38, was arrested Tuesday night following an incident Orlando police officers responded to last Friday.

According to Garcia's arrest warrant, a woman told investigators they both work at Orlando International Airport. Greater Orlando Aviation Authority officials told News 6 Garcia worked for a limo service.

She told them she had briefly dated Garcia before deciding to end their relationship, but she said he wouldn't take no for an answer.

She told investigators Garcia would leave notes on her car, and he would also call her at home.

In October, she told police "she was in fear for her life and what Garcia may escalate to."

The warrant shows the woman had co-workers walk her to her car after work each day.

Then Friday, she said she asked Sgt. Jerry McCrary of the Orlando Police Department to escort her to her car, out of fear of what Garcia might do.

According to the warrant, "He advised (the woman) that she should walk to her vehicle and use her cellphone if she needed police."

Thirty minutes later, the woman -- walking alone -- said she was attacked by Garcia as she got off the elevator in the parking garage on her way to her car.

She called 911, where dispatchers and investigators said they heard a man -- believed to be Garcia -- asking the woman, "Remember the war from last time? Don't let that happen again."

Police arrested Garcia Tuesday night. He bonded out of jail Wednesday night.

News 6 confirmed Orlando police have launched an internal investigation into Sgt. McCrary and the incident that happened Friday.

At Garcia's first appearance in court after being jailed, a judge ruled Garcia is allowed to return to work at the airport, but he is not allowed near the victim or in the parking garage.


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