Started as assault on parishioner inside church
Arrested for attempted murder, multiple explosives charges, assault on an officer, more
Has a history of arrests dating to 2011; CHP assists
By San Francisco Police Department
On Sunday, October 29, 2023, at approximately 5:52 pm, San Francisco Police Officers responded to the 600 block of Filbert Street on a report of a person who had assaulted someone at the location and had reportedly brandished a knife.
According to a post on the SF Police Officers Association Facebook page, the assault occurred at Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach. According to an NBC Bay Area news report police say it started when Garcia punched a parishioner inside the church during mass for refusing to give him money.
Officers responded to the scene. Upon arrival, witnesses directed officers to the suspect with what the SFPOA reports was an improvised explosive device. He had entered a vehicle and was fleeing the area. Officers initiated a pursuit. The suspect failed to yield to pursuing officers. During the pursuit, the suspect threw two improvised explosive devices out of the car window at pursuing officers. In a later press conference, Assistant Police Chief David Lazar said officers could feel the impact of the explosions during the pursuit.
The pursuit continued onto the freeway, and officers from the California Highway Patrol took over the pursuit. The pursuit came to an end in Martinez, CA where officers from the CHP took the suspect into custody.
The suspect was identified as 42-year-old Concord resident Daniel Jarrid Garcia. Garcia was booked at San Francisco County Jail on the following charges:
664/211 PC(attempted robbery), 245(a)(1) PC (aggravated assault), three counts of 664/187 PC (attempted murder), three counts of 69 PC (assault on an officer), 2800.2 CVC (reckless evasion), three counts of 12305 H&S unlawful possession of explosive device, three counts of 18715(a) PC (possession of explosive device in public), three counts of 18725 PC (transporting explosive devices), two counts of 18740 PC (setting off explosive with the intent to harm), two counts of 18745 PC (igniting explosive device with the intent to commit murder), 148(a)(1) PC (resisting/delaying arrest), and 21453(a) CVC (disobey red light).
While an arrest has been made, this remains an open and active investigation. Investigators from the San Francisco Police Department Special Investigations Division-Arson Unit are handling this investigation. Also, according to the NBC Bay Area report no one was injured and that police and a bomb squad spent most of the day Monday searching Garcia’s Concord home.
According to localcrimenews.com, Garcia has a history of arrests dating to 2018 by Sacramento County Sheriff’s and Concord Police Departments for charges including elder or dependent adult abuse, battery and contempt of court for disobeying a court order. NBC Bay Area reported he was charged in 2011 with possession and use of explosive devices.
Allen D. Payton contributed to this report.