Three people arrested in connection to Rensselaer County homicides

October 20, 2016 10:10 PM

LATHAM - Three people were arrested in Virginia in connection with two Rensselaer County homicides -- the body that was found in Cropseyville on Tuesday and the homicide in Troy on Monday. State police in Virginia confirmed they’re assisting with the investigation.

The three suspects are: Luis Monge Guevara, 21 of Clifton Park, Magdalono Perez-Calixto of Latham, 28, and Salomon Najera-Hernandez, 20, of Mexico. Police say they will be extradited to the Capital Region to face murder charges.

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Javier Gomez was found dead in his Troy apartment on Monday afternoon. Court documents say he was hit in the head with a hammer and stabbed in the torso with a knife multiple times.

"Although the investigation is still unfolding, we’re very confident this was an incident between acquaintances, it was not a random event and that the community is not in any danger whatsoever," assured Troy Police Chief John Tedesco.

Then on Tuesday, police found the body of Christian Gonzalez Hernandez near a creek in Cropseyville. Sources say Gonzalez Hernandez is Gomez’s cousin. Police confirmed the two killings were connected.

At that time, it became a joint investigation between the sheriff’s office, Troy PD, New York State Police and the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office," explained Rensselaer County Sheriff Pat Russo.

The investigation led police to the Rosewood Garden Apartment Complex in Latham, where they searched all day Wednesday. Sources say the three suspects had been staying there before they fled to Virginia.

Investigators also searched a room at the Quality Inn Hotel in Latham, collecting evidence in connection with the murders. For now, they’re only charging the suspects with Gomez’s murder.

As far as a motive, police will only say this stemmed from a feud between people who knew each other. However, they wouldn’t say exactly what the feud was.


WNYT Staff

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