LOS ANGELES — The prime suspect wanted for questioning in connection with multiple murders in the Antelope Valley was shot and killed by the U.S. Marshals Service near the California/Nevada border.
Deputy marshals conducting a fugitive apprehension operation about noon Thursday in Charleston View in Inyo County, about 60 miles west of Las Vegas, located the suspect, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, who pointed a gun at pursuing deputies and a deputy-involved shooting occurred, according to Deputy Marvin Crowder of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Guzman was pronounced dead at the scene and a weapon was recovered.
Guzman was named a person of interest regarding the discovery of remains belonging to three people found at a property in the 30900 block of 106th Street in Juniper Hills on Oct. 11, as well as the murders of Gerard “Jerry” De Luna and Mariano Campos on Feb. 20 in the 11000 block of Hample Avenue in Littlerock, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Guzman was also wanted in Riverside County in connection with the home invasion robbery and murder of Silvano Esteves, 43, of Menifee, according to Sgt. Walter Mendez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Investigators found a large amount of marijuana on Esteves’ property in the 27700 block of Monroe Avenue and believe Guzman and Rodolfo Garcia targeted Esteves as a result, Mendez said. Garcia was arrested Oct. 28.
The sheriff’s department did not disclose how the remains came to light, nor say whether the grisly find was related to the disappearance of two men and a woman in the area in January.
A $20,000 reward was offered by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in April for information in the case of the three people who were presumed dead after they disappeared.
Jose Lara, 65; Cuauhtemoc Lara, 39; and 49-year-old Julieta Arvizu left behind what seemed to be all their possessions, according to authorities.
The elder Lara’s vehicle was found abandoned on Feb. 5 in Littlerock, an unincorporated area of the Antelope Valley where all three lived. Their cellphones were turned off and had not been used since the date they vanished.
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