January 21, 2019 – In Breaking News – Fox News
An illegal immigrant remained in custody Monday after being linked to four fatal shootings this month that spread fear through two northern Nevada neighborhoods unaccustomed to such violence.
Authorities investigating the killings in Washoe and Douglas counties nabbed Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 19, on an immigration hold Saturday, after receiving a tip.
Murder charges are expected to be filed against him.
“There was a great deal of concern and fear in the community so we just felt it was important for the public to know that we had a person in custody,” Washoe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bob Harmon told Fox News Monday.
(Immigration officials say 19-year-old Wilbur Ernesti Martinez-Guzman has been living in U.S. illegally for more than a year; William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Jan 21, 2019.)
Martinez-Guzman was taken into custody in Carson City, where he had been living for a year.
Officials said he had no prior arrests in Carson City.
The FBI joined the investigation after investigators connected the four killings through ballistic evidence.
Gerald David, 81, a former Reno rodeo boss, and his wife Sharon David 80, were found dead last week in Reno.
In Gardnerville, Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead Jan. 10 and Sophia Renken, 74, was found dead three days later.
The killings all took place within a week span.
Joe Bissell, a relative of the Davids, expressed relief at a news conference on Sunday that Martinez-Guzman had been caught as he thanked investigators.
“We and the community can rest more secure because of their focusted diligence in this case,” he said.
He also expressed his “sincere sympathies” to the families of the other victims.
The @WashoeSheriff, @DouglasSheriff , and @Carson_Sheriff would also like to thank @WashoeCoDA Chris Hicks and @DouglasCountyDA Mark Jackson for briefing the public, media, and victims’ families on steps the prosecution will take moving forward with these homicide investigations. pic.twitter.com/YQ759ZpKVE
— Washoe Sheriff (@WashoeSheriff) January 21, 2019
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