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June 29, 2016 -- Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced today that three people have been arraigned on an indictment charging one with the death of Arturo Arias Garcia. All three are charged in separate violent robberies.

Daniel Thomas Jones (DOB 01/24/91) of 7 Weber Dr., Port Chester, New York, was charged with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
  • two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, class “B” Violent Felonies,
  • four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies,
  • three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • six counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies,
  • two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies.

Nasir Blair (DOB 11/16/97) of 3129 Glen Ave., Port Chester, New York was charged with:

  • one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
  • four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class “C” Violent Felonies,
  • three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • four counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony

Anthony Menchaca (DOB 08/17/99) of 182 Grace Church St., Port Chester, New York was charged with:

  • one count of Robbery in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
  • four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, class “C” Violent Felonies,
  • three counts of Assault in the Second Degree, class “D” Felonies,
  • four counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class “E” Felony.

On Nov. 25, 2015, at approximately 2:50 a.m., the three defendants approached two men sitting in a pick-up truck located in the Stop and Shop Parking lot in Port Chester.

They assaulted and robbed the victims, stealing wallets, an iPhone, cash and a bank card. Both victims suffered head injuries requiring medical treatment.  

Three days later, on Nov. 28, 2015, at approximately 4:40 a.m., Arturo Arias Garcia was confronted by defendant Jones on Abendroth Avenue in Port Chester. Jones struck him in the head and Garcia fell to the pavement. Jones proceeded to steal the victim’s cash and credit card.

At approximately 5:10 a.m., Garcia was seen by a witness lying motionless on the sidewalk. He was observed again by that same witness at 5:30 a.m. The victim was still motionless. At 5:35 a.m., the witness called 911. Police and EMT’s responded to the location. They determined the victim had no pulse. They were not able to revive him. The victim was later pronounced dead at Greenwich Hospital.

An autopsy determined that Garcia died from a blunt force trauma to the head resulting in a fatal concussion.

An extensive investigation by the Port Chester Police and the District Attorney’s Office placed Jones on Abendoth Avenue in Port Chester at the time Garcia was attacked. Further investigation revealed forensic evidence linking Daniel Jones to the Nov. 25 parking lot robbery.

The defendants were later arrested.  

Jones and Blair are remanded. Menchaca is out on bail.  

Their next court date is July 12, 2016.

Jones faces the charge of Murder in the Second Degree which brings with it the possibility of an indeterminate term of imprisonment, a maximum of which is 25 years to life in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Perrone, Homicide Bureau Chief, and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Lopez of the Superior Court Trial Division are prosecuting the case.

 

Daniel Thomas Jones

Nasir Blair

Anthony Menchaca

Daniel Thomas Jones Nasir Blair Anthony Menchaca

 

In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.