Portland police have identified the homicide victim who was found slumped over in his car on a West End street as Bryan K. Garcia, a registered sex offender who also had convictions for drug and weapons offenses.

No details were released about Garcia’s death or the circumstances that led the Scarborough resident to Portland on Monday afternoon, when he was found unresponsive in his Silver Infiniti G35 near the intersection of Chadwick and Carroll streets.

Police have not released details about how Garcia, 35, died, whether he suffered obvious injuries or if they have any suspects in his slaying.

Garcia, recently of Holmes Road in Scarborough, has a criminal history in Maine that dates to 2006, when he was convicted in Kennebec County of two counts of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 14. According to court documents filed in Kennebec Superior Court, Garcia was ordered by the court to register as a sex offender for a decade, but the Maine sex offender registry website lists him as a lifetime registrant.

Regardless of the length of his mandatory registration, Garcia repeatedly violated the requirement, according to his publicly available criminal history.

In 2007, the year after his conviction on the sexual abuse charges, Garcia failed to register with local authorities in Gorham. He also was found guilty of failing to register in 2011 and served 12 days in Cumberland County Jail, although the location of that arrest was not available.


He failed to register in 2011 for a third time, elevating the offense to a felony. He pleaded guilty and served 60 days in the Cumberland County Jail.

In 2015, he was arrested and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug trafficking and was sentenced to a week in jail.

In November 2015, Garcia again failed to register as a sex offender and was arrested by Scarborough police after a search of his home on Holmes Road.

In that search, police found four cellphones, eight USB data storage drives, two computers, two loaded semi-automatic .40-caliber pistols, a police-style vest with a badge attached to it, a black face mask, an unknown quantity of drugs, and more than $19,000 in cash, most wrapped in $1,000 bundles.

He was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm. After pleading guilty, Garcia was sentenced to nine months in Cumberland County Jail in March 2016.

Garcia was discovered, still in his car, on Chadwick Street on Monday afternoon by a resident.


When firefighters and police arrived, emergency personnel removed Garcia from his car, but he died in the street around 2:15 p.m., Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said.

Garcia’s slaying was Portland’s first homicide of 2017. The city had two in 2016.

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