Charges filed in connection with 2018 killing of 16-year-old in Fairfield Township

Charges filed in connection with 2018 killing of 16-year-old in Fairfield Township

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A Butler County Grand Jury indicted a man Wednesday in connection with the 2018 killing of Sydney Garcia-Tovar in Fairfield Township.

Detectives identified Markeylnd Townsend, 22, as a suspect in their investigation, a news release from Fairfield Township police said.

Garcia-Tovar, 16, was shot and killed on July 23, 2018, outside the Tyler’s Creek apartment complex in the 7500 block of Wildbranch Road.

Investigators say the 16-year-old Hamilton High School graduate gave some people a ride to the complex and there was a confrontation.

She was not the intended target of the gunfire, officials said, but Garcia-Tovar was the only one killed.

The grand jury indicted Townsend on murder and felonious assault charges, both with an associated firearm specification.

A Butler County Grand Jury indicted Markeylnd Townsend in connection with the July 2018 fatal shooting of Sydney Garcia-Tovar. This is a previous booking photo from the Butler County Jail.
A Butler County Grand Jury indicted Markeylnd Townsend in connection with the July 2018 fatal shooting of Sydney Garcia-Tovar. This is a previous booking photo from the Butler County Jail. (Source: Butler County Jail)

“It’s just one of those cases where you’re just relieved to get some measure of justice,” said Sgt. Brandon McCroskey with the Fairfield police. “No matter what you do, you’re never going to bring Sydney back and that’s the hard part.”

Townsend is currently behind bars in the Mansfield Correctional Institution on unrelated robbery charges.

“I hope, you know, those that are involved - I hope that they get what is coming to them,” said Joaquin Garcia-Tovar, Sydney’s brother. “I really hope justice is served.”

Sgt. McCroskey said he won’t rule out additional arrests or charges in the case.

The Fairfield Township Police Department continues to investigate this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield Township detectives section at (513) 887-5841 or contact CrimeStoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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