On Sunday 20 January, the sheriff of Washoe County – Darin Balaam revealed that 19-year-old Wilbur Martinez-Guzman has been arrested for possession of stolen properties, burglary and would receive murder charges in the coming days. The suspect has no local records despite having been in Carson City area for almost a year according to the sheriff of the city, Ken Furlong.
So far, Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman has three charges against him – possession of stolen properties, obtaining by misrepresentation and burglary – but could receive multiple charges regarding murder in the coming days. While speaking about the murder charges, District attorneys from Douglas County and Washoe County said there is sufficient evidence to support the charges against the suspect.
He was arrested in Carson City a day before the announcement by Washoe County sheriff. The suspect who has been under surveillance for a while following his identification as a person of interest based on investigation and public tips was arrested in Carson mall parking lot by deputies according to Ken Furlong.
The Murder Charges
Connie Koontz was the first killing. The 56-year-old was found dead by her disabled mum in their residence in the Gardnerville Ranchos. She was shot to death on January 9 or 10. On January 13, another body was found in a home about a mile away from the first. It was that of 74-year-old Sophia Renken who was also shot to death. Then 81-year-old Gerald David and his 80-year-old wife, Sharon David, were also found shot to death in their residence on January 16.
A neighbor of David’s family who noticed some unusual things called a close ally of the family who then called the deputies after considering it needful. The deputies found the bodies inside the home. A search was done on January 18 based on tips during which few things were gathered, but nothing categorically connects it to Saturday’s arrest. Afterward, sheriffs of Douglas and Carson claim to have enough evidence.
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