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New suspect arrested in deadly hit-and-run on Battle Born Way

Luis Guerrero was arrested on August 10 and booked for Open Murder.
Luis Guerrero was arrested on August 10 and booked for Open Murder.(Washoe County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 22, 2020 at 6:35 PM PDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:01 PM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - AUG. 10, 3 P.M. Charges have been dropped against a man initially accused in a deadly hit-and-run in Sparks, and a new suspect is in custody.

The Sparks Police Department arrested 23-year-old Luis Guerrero Monday, August 10, 2020 on charges of Open Murder, Battery with a Deadly Weapon Causing Substantial Bodily Harm (x3), Duty to stop at scene of accident causing Death or injury (x5).

The case stemmed from an investigation in July in which police say a driver intentionally ran down a group of people walking along Battle Born Way after a fight at the Grand Sierra Resort.

Police initially arrested 25-year-old Juan Guerrero, but after further investigation, additional evidence was discovered, and the district attorney’s office dismissed the charges against him.

No other information was released. The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: The Sparks Police Department has arrested a man who they said intentionally ran down a group of five people with a car, killing one of them.

Juan Guerrero, 25, is facing several charges including open murder, four counts of battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm, and five counts of duty to stop at scene of accident causing death or injury.

The incident was reported around 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2020 on Battle Born Way underneath the railroad overpass between Kietzke Lane and Victorian Avenue.

Investigators said there had been some sort of fight between Guerrero and the group of people earlier at the Grand Sierra Resort, and there may have been an armed robbery. The group of five left the GSR and were walking northbound on Battle Born Way. Guerrero was driving northbound on Battle Born Way and ran the group down with the car he was driving, investigators said.

An 18-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Two 17-year-old males, a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were all taken to Renown Medical in critical condition.

Detectives said Guerrero and two passengers in the car drove off with one of the victims still on top of the car for a couple of blocks.

Detectives tracked down Guerrero and his two passengers. All three were interviewed, and Guerrero was arrested and booked into the Washoe County Jail.

The Sparks Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information about this incident to contact the Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.

7:45 P.M. UPDATE: The Sparks Police Department is reporting that several people were injured in a crash at about 6:01 p.m. on Battle Born Way between the end of Kietzke Lane and Victorian Avenue.

Police have not released other details about the incident.

6:46 P.M. UPDATE: The Sparks Police Department said Battle Born Way is closed in all directions between Victorian Avenue and Galletti Way until further notice for a vehicle accident.

ORIGINAL STORY: Traffic going east into Sparks from Kietzke Lane onto Battle Born Way is being diverted following an undisclosed incident.

Several police cars and ambulances were at the scene.

The Sparks Police Department is putting up crime scene tape.

The scene on Battle Born Way going into Sparks.
The scene on Battle Born Way going into Sparks.(Michael Cooper)

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