Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction from a Washington County’s Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, which originally stated that Clara Garcia was employed at the Juvenile Detention Center at the time of her arrest.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — UPDATE: Tad Sours, a spokesperson for Washington County, gave KNWA/FOX24 an outline of Garcia’s employment history.
Sours said that Garcia was first hired with the JDC in December 2017 before voluntarily leaving in March 2021. She was rehired with the JDC in December 2021 before being transferred to work in Judge Zimmerman’s juvenile court on March 1, 2023. She was terminated from the court on June 27.
A Washington County Sheriff’s Office from Thursday listed Garcia as an employee of the JDC.
A screenshot of the post can be seen below.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced today that two more arrests have been made in connection to the Savage Locos gang.
A Facebook post from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says that since May this year detectives from the sheriff’s office have been working with the Springdale Police Department Crime Suppression Unit and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force to investigate the Savage Locos street gang in Northwest Arkansas.
A former employee with the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) is accused of being involved with Rogelio Ramirez, the alleged leader of the gang that was arrested in July. He’s charged with soliciting a minor to join a gang.
Clara Garcia, 31, of Fayetteville, is accused of violating juvenile records confidentiality as a result of the investigation.
The post says that detectives learned of juvenile recruitment into the gang through Springdale schools.
Rogelio’s brother, Marco Ramirez, was arrested on Oct. 5 for allegedly beating a child with his fists as part of a gang initiation and is charged as an accomplice to soliciting or recruiting a minor to join or to remain a member of a criminal gang, organization or enterprise.
Sebastian Martinez, 20, of Springdale, was also arrested in connection to the gang on Sept. 29. He’s accused as an accomplice to soliciting a minor to join a gang.
The post encourages anyone affected by gang activity or with children affected with gang activity to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (479) 444-5712.
This is a developing story.