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Police: Kenwood suspect a drug cartel hit man

As investigators delve into the case of Miguel Angel Garcia – the man at the center of a daylong standoff in Kenwood one month ago that ended with his own death – some authorities have stated off the record that they now believe he was a hatchet man for a Mexican crime organization.

Garcia, a 32-year-old Napa resident, was wanted for felony drug and firearm possession when authorities tracked him to a trailer on a rural property on Hoff Road in Kenwood on the night of April 1. A standoff ensued, as authorities negotiated with Garcia – considered to be armed-and-dangerous – over his cell phone.

During that time Garcia confessed to “several violent felonies, including a murder,” according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. But about 20 hours into the standoff he had become withdrawn, and authorities fired chemical agents into the trailer “in an attempt to re-engage the suspect in productive negotiations.”

That led to a volley of gunfire, the trailer catching fire, and Garcia emerging from the trailer door and falling to the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy later determined that Garcia died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

As they followed up on the leads provided by Garcia during his last hours, investigators with the Napa County Sheriff’s Office soon discovered a body off Highway 128 near Lake Hennessy, southeast of St. Helena. That person was later identified as Reynaldo Pacheco, a 44-year-old Santa Rosa man missing since late March who may have been caught up in a Ponzi scheme. Authorities now believe Garcia was one of three men who kidnapped and killed Pacheco.

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