Man linked to 4 killings in Nevada in US illegally, officials say

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 09:18:45-05

RENO, Nev. (AP) — U.S. immigration authorities say a man suspected of killing four people in Nevada over the last few weeks is from El Salvador and entered the United States illegally.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that 19-year-old Wilbur Martinez-Guzman had no criminal record or history of previous immigration violations.

He has been jailed in Carson City since Saturday on possession of stolen property, burglary and immigration charges. Authorities have said they expect to file murder charges against him in the shooting deaths of an elderly Reno couple and two women in a nearby town.

The agency did not have additional details on his alleged illegal entry to the U.S., including when and where it occurred.

The agency's public affairs staff is furloughed because of the government shutdown.

President Donald Trump has seized on the killings to bolster his argument for his proposed border wall with Mexico.

Story updated to clarify the suspect's age.