A man has been arrested in connection with the death of his 83-year-old grandmother, police said Thursday.
Ryan Garcia, 27, 1116 Columbia St., was charged with three counts of felony aggravated battery. He is accused of attacking both Margaret Garcia, his grandmother, and his uncles, Robert and Ralph Garcia.
Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said that given that Margaret Garcia has died, the charges likely would be upgraded. That could mean that Ryan Garcia could be facing an open count of murder.
Margaret Garcia died last Friday, three days after the attack.
According to police, an officer showed up at a domestic dispute around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at 1116 Columbia St. The officer saw a man identified as Ralph Garcia holding a metal pipe. He apparently had taken it away from Ryan Garcia, who had attacked the others.
The officer saw both Margaret and Robert Garcia lying on the ground. Both were bleeding, and Margaret Garcia had a severe cut in the back of her head, according to a probable statement filed in Magistrate Court.
Ryan Garcia then emerged from the house and identified himself, police said.
Robert Garcia told the police that he was in the house when the suspect began to yell at him and Margaret Garcia for no reason. Ryan Garcia punched Robert Garcia on his face and head, causing the older man to fall to the floor, police said. Robert Garcia said his mother went into the room, and Ryan Garcia then allegedly punched her in the face.
The two victims tried to leave the house, but the suspect followed them, court documents state. Ryan Garcia then threw his grandmother off the porch onto some concrete, where she landed on her head, police said.
Robert Garcia told officers that he tried to help his mother but that his nephew prevented him from doing so, instead punching his uncle repeatedly.
Ralph Garcia, the son of Margaret Garcia, went to the house and found his brother and mother lying out in front. Ralph Garcia told officers that the suspect threw an ashtray at him, but missed.
Ralph Garcia said his nephew hit him over the head with a metal pipe, police said. Ralph Garcia then managed to take the pipe away from him.
Ralph Garcia went running for help. Police arrived shortly after.
According to police, Margaret Garcia suffered a severe head injury, and she was rushed to Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Robert Garcia was injured in the head and possibly suffered internal injuries, police said. Ralph Garcia reportedly declined medical attention.
Ryan Garcia’s bond was set at $50,000 cash-only. He was taken to jail.
In her obituary, Garcia, a lifelong Las Vegas resident, was called a “wonderful and caring mother and grandmother who will be missed by all.”