LOS ANGELES - A Pennsylvania couple wanted in the slaying of a man who was cut into pieces and stashed in a backpack and under a bed in a downtown hotel room was arrested yesterday, authorities said.

A fugitive task force arrested Edward Garcia 36, and Melissa Garcia, 25, at about 3:45 p.m, said Matt Brown, a supervisor with the U.S. Marshals Service.

They had been staying in an abandoned building in Hollywood and were living in squalid conditions, surrounded by trash, human waste and syringes. Both appeared to have sores on their faces caused by drug use, Brown said.

The York couple have been charged with murder in the Thanksgiving killing of Herbert Tracy White, 49, of Los Angeles.