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Suspects In Continental Hotel Homicide Caught In Hollywood

By David Markland
Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, at 06:09PM
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Homicide victim Herbert Tracy White was killed inside the Continental Hotel on November 29.

A Pennsylvania couple wanted by police for killing, then dismembering, a good samaritan at a Skid Row area hotel have been caught.

Agents with the U.S. Marshall's Service arrested Edward and Melissa Garcia shortly before 4pm on Friday. They were found staying at an abandoned building just steps away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the 1600 block of La Brea Avenue.

The couple are charged with killing and torturing Herbert Tracy White at the Continental Hotel on November 29. Police allege the couple, in an effort to clean up the crime scene, had dismembered White's body and hidden pieces in a backpack and wrapped in a blanket under a bed. A maid at the hotel discovered the gruesome scene when she entered the room for cleaning.

White has been described as a good samaritan and an experienced martial artist. His family believes he was lured by the couple to the hotel in an effort to help them before being killed.

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