Macon – A Riverdale man pleaded guilty to rape Thursday, about a year after he was arrested on allegations he kidnapped a teenage girl in Coweta County, drove her south on I-75, and sexually assaulted her at a Macon house.
Adrian J. Garcia-Zamarroon, 23, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He entered his plea in Bibb County Superior Court pursuant to a plea agreement. After his release, he must abide by sex offender terms of probation for the remainder of his life. He could also face deportation after completing his sentence due to his immigration status.
If the case had gone to trial, prosecutor Dorothy Hull would have presented evidence showing:
Garcia-Zamarroon and the girl, then 16, knew each other. On Aug. 24, 2018, Garcia-Zamarroon went to a Newnan business where the girl and her family worked. While there, Garcia-Zamarroon stabbed four people with a knife before driving off, abducting the girl. The girl’s family called 911 and law enforcement began looking for the car.
Garcia-Zamarroon drove south on I-75 until the car ran out of gas in Monroe County. Still armed with a knife, he then walked with the girl to a house on Rivoli Road in Bibb County near the Bibb-Monroe County line. The house was under construction and uninhabited. While spending the night there, Garcia-Zamarroon raped the girl and threatened her life.
Law enforcement found the car on the interstate and later spotted Garcia-Zamarroon and the girl walking on Rivoli Road on the morning of Aug. 25, 2018. Garcia-Zamarroon was taken into custody.
In addition to the case in Bibb County, Garcia-Zamarroon still faces charges in Coweta County and charges filed by the U.S. District Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia.
Speaking after Thursday’s hearing, District Attorney David Cooke said, “Mr. Garcia-Zamarroon is going to be locked away for decades to come, unable to harm another girl or woman. I’m glad that we were able to get justice for this victim and her family and a sentence that will help them heal, while also sparing them the agony and trauma of a trial.”
“This arrest and guilty plea is another example of how the FBI’s relationship with our state and local law enforcement partners is instrumental in protecting our citizens,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “This does not end the pursuit of justice for Garcia-Zamarroon as we pursue further charges in federal court.”
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