Authorities have more than tripled the number of charges against a Sacramento County man whose girlfriend has been missing since 2008 and is presumed dead after prosecutors further reviewed evidence in a separate case, according to officials.
Randy Macedo, 57, has not been charged in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Regina Garcia. Instead, his charges stem from a search of his Arden Arcade home this summer.
That search, prompted by an ex-girlfriend concerned about the welfare of Garcia's young daughter, breathed new life into Garcia's missing person case, and ultimately led Sacramento County sheriff's to dig up Macedo's backyard in search of Garcia's body.
No human remains were found.
Macedo's ex-girlfriend called 911 on June 7 after she listened to a voicemail message left by Macedo in which he put the phone aside and yelled at his daughter, then 7, to "put the gun down," sheriff's detectives alleged in court records.
Deputies who responded ultimately searched the house and left with various weapons, including an assault weapon and a silencer, and ammunition, according to court records. They arrested Macedo, who was charged with six felonies.
During a preliminary hearing last month, prosecutors presented new evidence culled from that June 7 search and added 15 new felony charges, according to a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office.
Macedo is now charged with the following felony charges, according to the DA's amended criminal complaint: one count of possessing a destructive device; 14 counts of possessing ammunition; two counts of possessing a silencer; one count of possessing an assault weapon; one count of possessing methamphetamines; and two counts of possessing a firearm.
Macedo is being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail in lieu of more than $1 million bail.
Garcia was 33 when she went missing in October 2008. She has not been seen or heard from since, and has had no contact with law enforcement or social service systems, despite previously having regular such contact. Sacramento County sheriff's detectives confirmed to The Bee that Macedo is a suspect in her disappearance and that they believe Garcia is likely dead; however, he faces no charges related to that case.
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