Friday, June 3, 2016

Novato Murder Suspect is MS-13 Gang Member (The story Marin IJ didn't Publish)

VIDEO: Fourth wanted suspect in Novato High School student murder case has criminal background
By Brittany Brown, KRONPublished: June 1, 2016, 4:18 pm Updated: June 1, 2016, 10:30 pm

NOVATO (KRON) — Following the murder and injury of two Novato High School students, three suspects have been arrested and authorities have been actively searching for the fourth wanted suspect.

The fourth teen in the investigation, Javier Guevara, 19, was in a Marin County courtroom on May 20th, five days prior to the murder on May 25th.

Before the murder, Guevara was to face charges of battery causing serious bodily injury for a November attack. He was also charged as a member of a criminal street gang.

Guevara did not enter a plea. The case was continued to May 27th, and prosecutors requested a bail of $100,000, but court documents indicate the judge denied the request and released Guevara on his own recognizance.

On May 25th, Guevara is alleged to have taken part in the attack of two Novato High School students. Guevara did not return to court on May 27th. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

On Wednesday, March 25th at approximately 4:51 p.m., two juveniles, both students of Novato High School were viciously attacked.

Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra, 17, of San Rafael, was shot, stabbed with a machete, and killed on a public Novato trail within Open Space near the end of Fairway Drive.

Llefferson Diaz, a juvenile, was shot and stabbed with a machete but was able to escape and call 911. He is currently in the hospital recovering from his injuries and is expected to survive.

A restraining order to protect Llefferson Diaz against all three suspects in custody has been issued, officials told KRON.

Javier Guevara is wanted for his involvement in the homicide, sheriff’s officials said. He is a brother of Edwin Oswaldo Guevara, one of three suspects in custody, according to Marin County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Doug Pittman.

Edwin Guevara, 16, and Juan Carlos Martinez Enriquez, 17, were arrested on Thursday after police performed multiple high-risk tactical raids.

They will be charged as adults with murder with special circumstances in the death of Edwin Josue Ramirez Guerra and for attempted murder of a second Novato High student.

According to court documents, Enriquez was allegedly the trigger man in the murder of Guerra.

Elmer Machado-Rivera, 20, of San Rafael, was arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting, according to the Marin County Sheriffs Office. Court documents allege that Machado-Rivera aided Henriquez last Wednesday following the shooting is has been charged with being an accessory the after the fact.

During the past eight days, Sheriff’s investigators have been working an overwhelming number of clues, tips, and leads in pursuit of those responsible for this attack.

On Wednesday morning, Marin County Sheriff’s Office released information on the manhunt for the fourth suspect for the murder of a Novato High School student who was not located when a search warrant was served but Guevara was not located.

A fourth high-risk tactical operation was conducted earlier this morning pursuant to a Search Warrant at 15 South Norfolk Street, San Mateo. This was conducted with the assistance of the San Mateo Police Department and the San Mateo Regional Special Response Team. No suspects were arrested and no details of any evidence, clues or leads developed during the execution of the Warrant will be released at this time.

Javier Guevara is a known member of street gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and is considered armed and dangerous. Guevara is wanted on a $100,000 Felony Warrant issued for his arrest.

Anyone who may have information related to this investigation is encouraged to call the Marin County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at (415) 473-7265.

Anyone with knowledge of where Suspect Javier GUEVARA may be located is asked to call 911 to their local law enforcement agency or the Marin County Sheriff’s Office at
(415) 472-2311.

Anyone outside of law enforcement is asked not to attempt to contact suspect Javier Guevara as he is considered to be armed and dangerous.

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