• Matt Esnayra

The main suspect in a Long Beach double-shooting arrested in Iowa

Photo via the LBPD

Federal law enforcement agencies in Iowa have arrested a suspect in the fatal double shooting of a Long Beach couple near Drake Park earlier this month, officials announced over the weekend.

Why it matters:

Crime has been on the rise in Long Beach, especially gun violence, with a 60% rise in shootings for the first half of 2021, per LB Post.

  • According to the most current crime stats by the LBPD, the city's total violent crime rate increased by 12.5% by the end of July 2021, per Press-Telegram.

  • The LBPD is hosting a gun buyback event in early October, offering gift cards in exchange for guns.

  • Long Beach Police Department has seized 528 firearms, a 51% increase from 2020 when there were 349, per Spectrum News 1.

The details:

Long Beach Police and the US Marshalls coordinated the arrest of Joshua Wells, a 29-year-old Long Beach resident, last Thursday near a family member's home in Windsor Heights, Iowa, over the murders of Maricela Honorato and Juan Guizar-Gutierrez.

  • Police searched Wells's residence in Long Beach as well as a home in Clive, Iowa.

  • Wells will be extradited from Iowa back to Long Beach; He is currently held on $6,065,000 bail.

What they're saying:

  • In a press release, the police department said, "Detectives believe the motive for the shooting was related to an earlier altercation that occurred in the area and do not believe the victims were known to Wells prior to Sept. 4, 2021. While there is no evidence that this crime stemmed from a potential road rage incident, detectives will not rule out the possibility."

  • LBPD Chief Robert Luna on not releasing of a photo of the suspect, "If you notice, in the past, when we make these arrest announcements, we usually have pictures of the suspect. We refuse to do that. The victims need to be honored, and the people need to see the victim's faces, not the suspect."

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