Woman accused in crime spree speaks

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SANTEE, Calif. - A young woman allegedly involved in a crime spree with a former firefighter spoke to Team 10 Troubleshooter Cristin Severance from a local jail.

Garcia was arrested and taken to Las Colinas Women's Detention Facility in Santee.

Garcia told Team 10 she tried to stop Hernandez but couldn't. She also said she tried to leave him several times during the four-day spree.

Garcia also described Hernandez, a former Cal Fire firefighter, as "a very good person" and said she "fell in love with the man."

"Because of him, I know how the world goes round," she said.

She said they began their relationship when she was 16. She claims they got married when she was 17 in Lake Tahoe.

"I didn't stop him. I tried, but I couldn't do nothing," said Garcia.

Garcia said Hernandez went on the crime spree on purpose and that before the crime spree, he told her something that made her want to leave him for the first time.

But Garcia said she couldn't get up the will to leave because she loved him so much.

"He was going to kill, that was his plan, that's what he was getting ready for. That's why he had those weapons," she said.

Garcia added, "They wanted to take him to prison for life and that he would die slowly and he didn't want to die slowly. He much had rather died."

Hernandez was facing four counts of unlawful sex with an underage girl in Riverside County and 10News learned that the girl in that case is Garcia.

Severance asked her if she was a willing participant or a victim in the spree, Garcia said she was "both."

"Are you a victim here?" asked Severance.

Garcia replied, "They should have killed me too … No one is going to have the answers they want. I can't answer for him. I can only say what I saw."

"You were there when he robbed people. He shot an off-duty police officer. It grazed his head. You lit two cars on fire. Police are saying you put a police jacket on and robbed someone alongside Philip," said Severance.

"That's the carjacking, why I'm here. A felony charge they are putting on me," Garcia said.

"So what do you have to say to that?" asked Severance.

"I'll pay. I'm sorry," Garcia said.

Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday.

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