Warning: This story includes graphic details of an alleged murder.
Joel Arciniega-Saenz, 25, was arrested on first-degree murder charges in the death of James Garcia at Apodaca Park on June 20, KFOX 14 of El Paso, Texas, reported.
Arciniega-Saenz is accused of stabbing and decapitating Garcia.
The suspect reportedly claimed he followed Garcia to the park after Garcia robbed him while he was hanging out at his house a few days earlier. Arciniega-Saenz also claimed without evidence that Garcia had raped Arciniega-Saenz’s wife several years ago but wouldn’t identify her to police.
He allegedly said he dragged Garcia’s body to the street and kicked the victim’s severed head at 14 cars. Investigators found the head yards away from his body. The suspect is also accused of severing one of Garcia’s middle fingers.
The suspect was later found at the park with a bloody knife and dried blood on his clothes and was arrested.
Arciniega-Saenz was previously arrested in 2017 for the shooting death of Benjamin Montoya, 21, but the charges were later dismissed when a key witness was found with a gun of the same caliber as the one used to kill Montoya, according to KDBC-TV in El Paso.