Omar Garcia Vargas

WEST COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Police want your help to find a man from West Columbia they say is armed and dangerous.
They say he put two of his neighbors in the hospital.

Police say 25-year-old Omar Garcia Vargas stabbed a married couple from West Columbia in the parking lot of their apartment early Monday morning.
We spoke with Vargas' roommate Wednesday afternoon. She says as long as he's out there, she's fearful for her own safety.

"He seemed like a nice person, a calm person," says the woman.

For five months, she has shared her living room with Omar Vargas, who also goes by Mario, Mariano and Mojito. She says he hasn't been home since Monday.

She didn't want to reveal her identity and she spoke to us through a translator because she only speaks Spanish.

"I never though that he would be capable of doing something like this," she said.

Police say early Monday morning, Vargas stabbed the married couple who lives next door, Estaban Francisco and Jemmy Franco.

"He stabbed the husband first, and as the husband fled the scene, he turned and watched Mario stab his wife," says Police Chief Dennis Tyndall.

The couple is recovering in the hospital.

"I'm sad and surprised at the same time," the roommate says.

Vargas's roommate says she's particularly surprised he would stab the married couple. She says ever since the couple moved in next door about a month ago, the three have been pretty good friends.

"I know that they've worked together, because they used to pick them up together," she said.

Police say Vargas has worked on different construction jobs in the Columbia area. They fear he might try to run away to Mexico, so the window to catch him could be closing.

"Once he gets out of this area, it would be hard to find him, it really will," says Tyndall.

His roommate is more afraid he'll return to the apartment.

"I'm here by myself and he has keys to the apartment so I am afraid," she says. "He needs to pay for what he did."

Vargas stands 5'4" and weighs 180 pounds. Police say he has a distinctive mole on his right cheek just beside his nose.

If you see Vargas, police urge you to call 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Reported by Jordan Sandler

Posted by Logan Smith