Homicide on Grove Street

A 25 year-old Chelsea man has been arrested by Chelsea Police detectives in connection with a homicide that took place on Grove Street late Monday night.

This is the first homicide of the New Year in the city.

Marvin Garcia, a resident of Grove Street, pleaded innocent to murder charges when he was arraigned in Chelsea District Wednesday morning.

He is being held on $250,000 bail.

The victim, Israel Vasquez, 50, is believed by those close to the investigation to have lived together with the assailant in an apartment at 96 Grove Street.

The victim’s body was found stuffed in a trash can behind a utility vehicle at 114 Grove Street early Tuesday morning by a local woman who noticed the barrel and called police.

According to a source, he had been severely cut and slashed.

Chelsea and State Police detectives roped off the area in order to collect evidence, subsequently leading to the arrest of Garcia.

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