Nampa Man Convicted of Murder for China Blue Stabbing 

click to enlarge Jesus Garcia, 25, is guilty of second degree murder, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Jesus Garcia, 25, is guilty of second degree murder, aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
In February 2017, Boise Weekly sat down to talk with Ted Challenger, owner of China Blue and a number of other nightclubs and taverns at Sixth and Main streets in Boise, known as the "Barmuda Triangle."  A fatal stabbing that occurred January 14 at China Blue was still fresh in Challenger's memory.

"I was home asleep, and I had turned the ringer off on my phone," said Challenger. "Someone had to drive to my home to wake me up. Half awake, I thought I was having a nightmare. I got down to China Blue as fast as I could."

Surveillance footage inside the club revealed that two patrons, Daviel Ruiz-Gomez and Luis Rosales, were attacked by a male suspect with a knife. Rosales, stabbed in the chest and torso, survived; but Ruiz-Gomez died a short time later of multiple stab wounds.

"Ten seconds. That's how fast it happened," said Challenger. "My doormen moved in and cops were here in a heartbeat. I think it took Boise police one minute to be on the scene. We applied first aid and paramedics were here in four minutes. The suspect? To the best of our knowledge, he was in the bar for about eight minutes."

Prosecutors later said the suspect, then-24-year-old Jesus Garcia of Nampa, had gotten into an altercation with the two victims, pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the men repeatedly.

Garcia was taken into custody, and today was convicted by an Ada County Jury of second-degree murder. Garcia was also found guilty of aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.

Garcia will be sentenced on Friday, June 15.
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