September 2, 2008

Arrest made in grizzly murder

By Ray Gomez

Story Created: Sep 2, 2008

The Webb County Sheriff's department has made an arrest in a cold-blooded murder at a local used clothing store.

It all began early yesterday morning off of Mines road near Rancho Penitas.

It took deputies an entire day to clean up the scene but today the suspect has been caught.

Investigators arrived at a bloody scene around 9 a.m. yesterday morning at a clothing store off Mines road near Rancho Penitas.

According to deputies the owners of the store noticed a large blood trail that led from a warehouse to a lot around forty yards away.

The blood trail led to a septic tank where a male subject was found facedown.

The man had multiple severe injuries to the face, head and chest area.

Now it was Border Patrol Agents who would later find the suspect walking through an area near mines road and i-35
18-year-old Jose Elias Perez Guerra was taken into custody and later provided a full confession of the murder.

In that confession Guerra said he brutally attacked the victim with a machete and a 10-inch butcher knife.

Guerra is being held on a 200 thousand dollar bond in addition to an immigration hold.

There is still no word on why Guerra murdered the man.

An investigation continues to try to identify that victim.

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