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Couple sought in man’s dismemberment

LOS ANGELES — A manhunt was under way Wednesday for a Pennsylvania couple accused of killing a man, cutting up his body and stashing the pieces in a backpack and under a bed in their Skid Row hotel room.

Edward Garcia Jr., 36, and Melissa Hope Garcia, 25, who also goes by the name Melissa Turner, are considered armed and dangerous, Detective Richard Arciniega said.

The couple from York, Pa., had several previous arrests for robbery in that state, and investigators believe they were trying to rob Herbert Tracy White on Thanksgiving weekend when the Good Samaritan who had befriended the couple was killed at the Continental Hotel, Arciniega said.

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