Suspect in Ranchos, Washoe homicides in custody |

Suspect in Ranchos, Washoe homicides in custody

A 19-year-old man who is in custody on immigration and theft charges is believed to be the perpetrator of four Western Nevada homicides.

Wilbur Ernesti Martinez-Guzman was arrested 4:30 p.m. Saturday after investigators determined Friday that he was a suspect, it was announced at a Sunday afternoon press conference.

“I feel strongly we have the man responsible for this,” Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley said. “You can continue to go about your daily activities. We’ve worked hard to bring some peace to you.”

The press conference was conducted by Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam, with members of the families of the four victims, Coverley, Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong, Douglas County District Attorney Mark Jackson and Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks.

Furlong said that Martinez-Guzman was placed under 24-hour surveillance after he was determined to be a suspect.

He is facing counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and obtaining money by false pretenses. Furlong said he is on an immigration hold.

Jackson said it has yet to be determined whether Martinez-Guzman will first appear in Douglas or Washoe county courts.

Two Gardnerville Ranchos women living about a mile apart were found shot in their homes on Jan. 10 and Jan. 13.

Connie Koontz, 56, was killed in the James Road home she shares with her mother while  Sophia Renken, 74, owned a home on Dresslerville Road.