The family of a 26-year-old man fatally stabbed in a dispute over a parking space at the Monterey Park apartment building where his sisters lived are suing four people in connection with his death, including two brothers charged with his murder, according to court papers obtained Tuesday.
Michael Villar was killed about 12:25 a.m. last June 10 in the 1200 block of College View Drive.
The suit names Moises Garcia, 57, and his 56-year-old brother Victor as co-defendants, along with the building owners, Alvin and Jenny Au, and identifies the elder sibling as the on-site manager of the apartment complex.
The defendants could not be reached for comment on the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Friday by the victim’s parents, Antonio and Evelia Villar, and sisters, Cynthia and Rosa Villar.
The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages on allegations of wrongful death, negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
According to the lawsuit, Moises Garcia’s car was blocking Cynthia Villar from getting out of her parking space, so her brother, who lived elsewhere in Monterey Park, went to the manager’s unit to ask him to move his vehicle.
The manager began arguing with Villar, so the latter walked away and both he and his sister tried to drive her car around the blocking vehicle, the suit says.
The Garcias approached Villar and began punching him, then the older brother “pulled out a knife and stabbed Villar multiple times,” the complaint alleges.
Cynthia Villar tried unsuccessfully to stop the attack, which was witnessed by her sister as she peered through a window, according to the lawsuit.
The problem of cars being blocked at the apartment building “was a regular occurrence with residents parking in undesignated areas not authorized and unsafe to park in,” the suit alleges.
Moises Garcia has previous convictions for rape, rape in concert and forcible oral copulation in 1984, a district attorney’s spokeswoman said previously. The suit alleges the Aus were negligent in hiring and retaining him.
The Garcia brothers are awaiting a pretrial hearing April 4 in Alhambra Superior Court.
–City News Service
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