TERRE HAUTE —
Terre Haute became a focal point Monday in a serial homicide case from nearly 600 miles away.
Around 11:35 a.m. Monday, police from multiple agencies descended on a home in the quiet east-side neighborhood of the Village Quarter in connection with four deaths in Omaha, Neb.
The homeowner, Anthony Joseph Garcia, 40, of Terre Haute, was not at his home but was rather in custody in southern Illinois from an unrelated arrest for alleged drunk driving.
Garcia is facing allegations of two double homicides in Omaha, one in 2008 and one earlier this year.
According to police, Garcia, a former medical resident at Creighton University, is accused of killing Roger and Mary Brumback, both 65, in May and also of killing 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old Shrilee Sherman in 2008.
According to Omaha news reports, Garcia had been a doctoral resident at Creighton until Dr. Roger Brumback and William Hunter fired him in 2001. Garcia reportedly left Omaha after being fired but police believe he returned to visit in 2008, the year of the first homicides.
At about 11:35 a.m. Monday, Indiana State Police SWAT team members entered Garcia’s home on Greywing Court in the Village Quarter and secured it, Watts stated in a news release.
Vigo County property records indicate Garcia, who was believed to have worked for a time at the U.S. federal prison in Terre Haute, purchased the Village Quarter home in May 2012 for $120,000.
Garcia was in jail Monday in Illinois and was not expected to be returned to Vigo County, Watts said.
Detectives from the Omaha Police Homicide Unit, along with detectives and crime scene investigators with the ISP in Putnamville, spent the afternoon and evening serving search warrants at the Greywing Court home. The FBI was also present at the scene.
One of the Omaha homicide victims, Roger Brumback, was the chairman of the Creighton University department of pathology, where Garcia was a resident. Mary Brumback was Roger Brumback’s wife. They were found dead in their home on May 14 in Omaha.
The other person involved in firing Garcia was William Hunter. In 2008, 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old Shirlee Sherman were found dead inside the Hunter home in Dundee, a neighborhood of Omaha. Thomas Hunter was William Hunter’s son. Police don’t believe they were the intended targets.
The Douglas County, Neb., Coroner’s office stated in June that Roger Brumback was shot to death while his wife, Mary, died of stab wounds.
Todd Schmaderer, chief of the Omaha police, said Monday that Garcia had a .45 caliber handgun in the car when he was pulled over in Illinois. Garcia also showed signs of alcohol impairment, the chief said in a news conference.
According to the Omaha World Herald, police have said they believe Garcia committed the homicides on his own; however, the police chief said the investigation is continuing with search warrants being served in other states.
Schmaderer said Garcia was fired from his position at Creighton for erratic behavior.
Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or firstname.lastname@example.org Reporter Lisa Trigg contributed to this story.