July 03, 2002
Girl Tips Off Police - Suspect Arrested
Man Linked to Killing Held After Chase
by Aron Miller, insidevc.com
Police were able to track down a homicide suspect who fled from Orange County to Ventura over the weekend because of the observant eyes of a little girl, authorities said Monday.
The unidentified girl noticed a man removing license plates from a car in the Mervyn's parking lot in Ventura and told her dad, who told the car's owner.
That bit of information led to a police broadcast of a car with stolen plates. On Sunday evening, a Ventura County sheriff's deputy saw the vehicle, and three hours later, Gregory Pisarcik was in jail on suspicion of murder.
A transient with ties to the cities of Ojai and Orange, Pisarcik, 25, is accused of beating to death a retired Immigration and Naturalization Service agent in Santa Ana.
"We don't know what their relationship was," said Orange County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino, adding that the suspect and victim might have had a sexual relationship.
Amormino gave the following account of what happened:
About 10 a.m. Saturday, Orange County deputies found Narciso Leggs Jr., 53, dead in his apartment. He had been bound, gagged, beaten and tortured. Leggs' vehicle was missing from the scene, and witnesses saw someone driving it away from his apartment Thursday.
An autopsy showed Leggs died of blunt-force trauma to the head. "The victim suffered additional injuries that will not be described, but can be characterized as torture and mayhem," Amormino said.
On Sunday, the girl saw a man whom police believe was Pisarcik changing the plates at Mervyn's.
Once Ventura County deputies caught up with him near Ojai, he fled at speeds ranging from 20 mph to 100 mph. The chase wound from Ventura to Saticoy, then up Highway 101 to the Rincon and back to Ventura.
Pisarcik was arrested in a rebar yard off Ventura Avenue about 10 p.m. Sunday after a 20-minute standoff. He was booked into Ventura County Jail and is expected to be taken to Orange County, where he will be arraigned in connection with Leggs' murder.
If not for the little girl, police say, he might still be loose.
"Investigators would like to speak with, as well as thank, the young girl for her observations and actions in reporting suspicious activity," Amormino said.
The girl and her father, who left Mervyn's before police could talk to them, are asked to call the Ventura Police Department or the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Anyone with information about Pisarcik or the homicide can call the Orange County sheriff's homicide division at (714) 647-7044.