By The Blaze. Police say that a tip led them to arrest an illegal alien as a suspect in four murders in Nevada that have stunned the community.
Wilbur Ernesto Martinez Guzman was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and immigration law violations, but police say they are confident that he is connected to the murders.
The first two victims were found in their homes shot to death within four days of each other. The two women were 56 year-old Connie Koontz and 74 year-old Sophia Renken.
Two other victims were found killed in a similar fashion, and both aged 81 years old. They were identified as Gerald David and Sharon David.
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Suspect Jailed in Connection With String of 4 Killings in Northern Nevada That Put Residents on Edge
By The Nevada Independent. Authorities say they have arrested a man they believe is connected to four killings that have shaken Northern Nevada and put residents on edge over the past two weeks.
Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam says Wilbur Ernesto Martinez Guzman, a Carson City resident who is either 19 or 20, was taken into custody Saturday afternoon on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and immigration law violations. He’s being held in the Carson City Detention Center under 24-hour watch from medical and mental health personnel. . .
The killings began in Gardnerville, the Douglas County community about 50 miles from Reno, when two women, Connie Koontz, 56, and Sophia Renken, 74, were killed inside their homes earlier this month only miles apart. The two victims were found Jan. 10 and Jan. 13 — within four days of each other.
They later learned from immigration officials that Martinez Guzman was likely in the country illegally and could be detained on those grounds. Furlong said activities that raised concern for public safety prompted immigration officials and Carson City deputies to take him into custody Saturday afternoon a few blocks south of the state capitol. (Read more from “Suspect Jailed in Connection With String of 4 Killings in Northern Nevada That Put Residents on Edge” HERE)