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4th Person Charged in Connection to Woolen Mills Homicide Investigation

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Albemarle County detectives have charged a fourth man in connection to a homicide back in July.

On Tuesday, November 14, authorities in Northern Virginia picked up 23-year-old Jose Luis Escobar Umana, who is currently awaiting extradition.

He is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara.

Police and rescue crews responded to the 2100 block of East Market Street just before noon on Tuesday, July 4, when a fisherman discovered a dead body along the banks of Moore's Creek.

Detectives ruled the death a homicide, but didn't immediately provide further information. On July 20, Albemarle County police identified the homicide victim as 24-year-old Marvin Rivera-Guevara.

Police arrested 20-year-old Walter Antonio Argueta Amaya in connection to the homicide on September 15. He was charged with second-degree murder.

On September 25, Albemarle police charged two more men in connection to the homicide. Eighteen-year-old Eduardo Zelaya of Manassas and 18-year-old Juan Carlos Argueta of Charlottesville both face second-degree murder charges.

Investigators believe that some of the suspects may have affiliation with the gang MS-13, though police have said the victim, Rivera-Guevara, does not appear to be connected with a gang.

The homicide remains under investigation.


11/14/2017 Release from the Albemarle County Police Department:

Detectives with the Albemarle County Police Department, in cooperation with Prince William County Police Department, Northern Virginia Gang Task Force, and the United States Marshals Service, have arrested 23-year-old Jose Luis Escobar Umana of Woodbridge, Virginia and charged him with second-degree murder.

Umana is the fourth person charged in connection with the death of Marvin Joel Rivera Guevara, and is currently awaiting extradition to Albemarle County.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000 or the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807.