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Suspect arrested in Livermore bowling alley homicide

Roger Aleman Garcia taken into custody without incident in Lathrop home, police say
Updated Suspect Mug-Roger Aleman Garcia
Roger Aleman Garcia.

Authorities have apprehended a Livermore man wanted for murder in connection with the shooting at Granada Bowl that killed one man and injured two others over the weekend.

Roger Aleman Garcia, 27, was arrested without incident at a home in Lathrop around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to Livermore police. He was subsequently booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on suspicion of murder and other allegations.

"We want to thank the community for their support and assistance with the investigation," Livermore Police Chief Jeramy Young said in a statement. "From the beginning, our team has worked tirelessly to find the suspect and bring justice to the victim's family. This level of violence is uncharacteristic of Livermore and we want residents to be rest assured that this violent criminal is off the streets."

Garcia had been at-large since allegedly fleeing the bowling alley after the shooting Saturday evening that killed 28-year-old Livermore resident Antonio Vargas.

The situation unfolded at about 6 p.m. Saturday at Granada Bowl on Railroad Avenue at the corner of P Street on the edge of downtown Livermore, according to police.

Vargas was with a group of friends in the bar area when they got into an argument with Garcia, police said.

The verbal altercation escalated into a physical one, during which police allege Garcia pulled out a handgun and fired multiple shots. Vargas and his 28-year-old friend -- a Livermore man who has not been identified publicly -- were struck by bullets, as was a 30-year-old Livermore man who is friends with Garcia.

Police described Garcia as "a convicted felon with extensive prior criminal history including an assault with a deadly weapon" who was also prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.

Vargas was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday evening. Emergency personnel performed life-saving measures on the other two victims, who were rushed to a local hospital and declared in stable condition later Saturday night, police said.

The shooter fled the scene immediately after the encounter. On Monday, Livermore police confirmed Garcia was identified as their prime suspect, putting out a call for the public's help in determining the man's whereabouts.

Garcia was ultimately apprehended around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home in Lathrop, where Livermore police along with Lathrop police and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office SWAT team served a warrant and arrested Garcia without incident.

The case has been forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for formal charging.

Vargas' death marked the second homicide of 2022 in the city of Livermore.