On January 19, 2019, Wilbur Martinez-Guzman was arrested in Carson City, Nevada on felony gun charges, burglary, and placed on a no-bail immigration hold. Police are also expected to charge him with the murders of four people between January 10 and January 16. He is in the country illegally.
He was formally charged in court on Jan 24 according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune:
“The 19-year-old suspected of four murders in Douglas and Washoe counties appeared in Carson Justice Court on Thursday to face 36 counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and illegal possession of firearms.
Wilber Martinez-Guzman sat quietly next to a court interpreter as Justice of the Peace Tom Armstrong read the list of charges that include three felony counts of burglary, 13 of possession of stolen firearms and 13 more of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien as well as seven counts of possession of stolen property and obtaining money by false pretenses.
Armstrong set a preliminary hearing in his court for Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m., at which time he’ll decide whether to bind Guzman over to Judge Todd Russell for trial in district court.
All of the burglary and possession of stolen firearms charges are Category B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison. That means if convicted on just those and sentenced consecutively, Guzman could face 150 years in prison before other charges are added.”
Murder charges to be added
Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead inside her home in Gardnerville Ranchos on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13, Sophia Renken, 74, was found dead in her home about a mile away. Jerry David, 81, and his wife Sherri, 80, were found in their South Reno home on La Guardia Lane on Jan. 16. A week long terror spree that left four people dead, and Guzman is the only suspect.
“We felt it was important for the public to know that we are confident we have the person responsible for the La Guardia Lane homicides as well as the homicides in Douglas County. The information we have now indicates there are no outstanding suspects at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing.” Washoe Sheriff Darin Balaam
“Simultaneously to this arrest, surveillance teams seized control of an apartment residence on Menlo Drive, two vehicles, another family member and another apartment on Woodside Drive.” Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong
Residents in Carson City stated that Guzman had lived at the location for about a year, but was not listed on the tenant roster. Wilbur Martinez-Guzman is from El Salvador.
Police began hearing his name in tips received after the murders. According to the NY Post, he sold “sold two gold and diamond rings, 16 silver rings, toe rings and turquoise belonging to Connie Koontz,” and an “Elks ring with a blue stone engraved with the initials of Jerry David.” Police also found numerous stolen weapons in his possession.
The Reno Gazette Journal reported some of the firearms found in Guzman’s residence included:
- Savage Sporter Model 23AA, .22 LR rifle
- Cherry’s Inc GSO NC 7.62X39 rifle with bayonet
- Ithaca Gun Co. M-49 .22 LR lever action rifle with wood stock
- Remington Model 11-87 20 gauge shotgun
- Savage Model 93R17 .17HMR rifle with wood stock
- Ranger 20 gauge side by side shotgun
- Remington Model 870 Wingmaster Magnum 12 gauge shotgun with wood stock
- Iver Johnson Arms Champion .410 Bore shotgun
- Steyr Mannlicher Safebold 7X64 bolt action rifle
- Weatherby Mark V .270 magnum rifle with Leupold scope
- Remington 11-87 12 gauge shotgun
- High Standard Sentinel Revolver .22 LR handgun
As police build their murder case against Martinez-Guzman, we have to wonder just what it will take for Congress to pass a secure border package.