Neb. doctor facing 4 counts of murder

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    OMAHA, NE (CNN/WAWV) -- A man was arrested Monday morning in Illinois for driving while intoxicated. The driver, Dr. Anthony Joseph Garcia, is also facing four counts of murder in two double homicide cases in Nebraska. Garcia was living in Indiana but has been an interest to the police since the murders in 2008.

    Chief Todd Schmaderer with Omaha police says, "Today I am able to provide a sense of closure to the families, Creighton University and the Omaha community."

    That Nebraska community is breathing a sigh of relief following Garcia's arrest. He's facing four counts of first degree murder in two double homicide cases connected to the pathology department at Creighton University; one in 2008 and another in May of this year.

    Monday more than 500 miles away, Indiana state police helped Omaha's homicide unit search Garcia's Terre Haute home. Schmaderer says, "The task force has been monitoring Dr. Garcia's movements for a period of time."

    Police had planned to arrest him this week until he was picked up for driving while intoxicated today in Illinois.

    Terre Haute neighbors say they knew something was suspicious about the man who moved in more than a year ago. Neighbor Nicole Doti says, "There's been cops at his house before and so we always wondered and he's very like, weeks at a time we won't see his car or anyone leave or just very weird."

    Garcia worked in Creighton's pathology department from 2000 to 2001. He was fired by Dr. Roger Brumback and Dr. William Hunter. Garcia is accused of killing Hunter's son and housekeeper in 2008 and Brumback and his wife in may.

    Neighbors we talked to say after a few strange encounters with Garcia, they called police and took extra measures. Melissa Doti says, "I noticed footprints in the snow from his house to our house, and that was after we had the police tell him to stop."

    Nicole says, "And we even got a security alarm because he kind of scared us. He just gave us this uneasy feeling. I don't know what it was."

    Police believe Garcia committed the murders on his own but are continuing to investigate.

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