Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman
In January 2019 a seris of murders in which an assailant broke into a series homes in western Nevada, murdered the elderly inhabitants, and made off with valuable possessions terrified area residents for several days until a police manhunt identified and apprehended a suspect.
A region-wide manhunt for the serial killer began with a manhunt for the killer of Connie Koontz (56,) found dead in her Gardnerville home on January 10, 2019. Gerald and Sharon David were found dead in their home in Reno on January 16. Sophia Renken was found shot to death in her home in Gardnerville on January 13.
The manhunt continued for 9 days, with residents advised to leave outdoor lights on at night, lock doors, and keep a cellphone with them at all times, until authorities identified and apprehended the suspect. Brandon Williamson (34) and Ryan Young led the team of 12 detectives working long hours to crack the case. As the manhunt continued, area residents came to the station with pizza, beverages and homemade food for the investigators. Security turned away camera crews from CNN and other media that attempted to film the investigators at work. Within hours after Koonz's body was discovered, an investigator was on the phone with the Apple corporation attempting to trace an Apple watch that had been stolen form Koontz. Just before 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 Apple contacted police investigator Schultz with the information that a person named Sonia Guzman had attempted to connect a digital account to the watch that had been stolen from Koontz's murder. Guzman was living in Carson City with her son, Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman. That night, the Douglas County, Washoe County and Carson City sheriffs' offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigations started surveillance of Guzman and her son. The following day, Jewelry belonging to Koontz and a ring belonging to Jerry David were found at a Carson City pawn shop.
81-year-old Gerald David and 80-year-old Sharon David were found dead in their south Reno home on January 16, 2019. The Davids were active in the rodeo community, Gerald was President of the Reno Rodeo Association, and they supported breast cancer charities.
A suspect is a 19 or 2-year-old illegal immigrant from El Salvador, was taken into police custody in Carson City, Nevada on January 19, 2019 on suspicion of having committed four murders The initial charges were for possession of stolen property, two counts of burglary, and obtaining money under false pretenses.
Authorities had suspect under surveillance as they investigated the string of murder-robberies, and took him into custody as he approached a suburban gun store, fearing the he intended to purchase weapons.
Following the killings, suspect was detained on an immigration hold. According to immigration officials, suspect "was likely in the United States illegally and was detainable." according to a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “If he’s released from jail, law enforcement will contact us, and we will pick him up and we will start the proceedings for his deportation.”
He is being held in the Carson City jail on bail of $500,000, in early February it was expected that he would be transferred ot the Washoe County jail, where he is to be held without bail.
He is expected to be tried in each of the two counties where the killings took place, Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks and Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson each plan to lead the prosecution team in their respective counties.
President Donald Trump tweeted, "Four people in Nevada viciously robbed and killed by an illegal immigrant who should not have been in our Country. 26 people killed on the Border in a drug and gang related fight. Two large Caravans from Honduras broke into Mexico and are headed our way. We need a powerful Wall!"
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