CONCORD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - Juan Emmanuel Razo, the man accused of killing one woman and shooting another in the Lake Metroparks, appeared in court Tuesday afternoon on a charge of attempted murder.
Detectives told Judge Michael Cicconetti that Razo, 35, made a full confession The judge was angry that Razo is here with no birth certificate, no green card or any documentation.
He set bond at $10 million.
Local authorities held a joint news conference Tuesday morning to release more information on the bizarre crime spree that happened Monday.
The search began for Razo. The rangers conducted three extensive searches around the park, including the Greenway Trail and the reported Painesville residence of the suspect. Rangers located his vehicle and impounded it. Rangers were able to determine initially that there was no weapon involved in the reported rape attempt, and the suspect did not have a criminal history at the time of the search.
As Metropark rangers were working on an arrest warrant for the suspect, the Lake County Sheriff's Office received a call around 2:45 p.m. that a mother walking with her two 12-year-olds had been shot on the Lake Metroparks Greenway bike path in Concord Township.
The shooting victim was identified as a 40-year-old Painesville woman. She had been transported to TriPoint Hospital for the treatment of a gunshot wound to the left arm that was not life-threatening. The children with her at the time of the incident were unharmed.
Using an armored vehicle, deputy sheriffs immediately searched the bike path for additional victims over concerns that there was a possible active shooter in the wooded area along the bike path. At this time, a reverse 911 call was made to a half-mile area, advising residents to stay in their homes while the search was in progress.
Around 4:10 p.m. one of the deputy sheriffs in the search area was approached by William Kostelnik, who informed him he had just returned to his home in the 6200 block of Ravenna Road, where he found his wife, Margaret, dead inside. Lake County Coroner Dr. Lynn Smith said when agencies found the 60-year-old woman, she had been there for at least an hour and a half with multiple gunshot wounds. His office is now processing her autopsy.
The home is located almost directly behind the location where the woman had been shot on Greenway trail. When officers responded, they searched the home but did not find the suspect.
Around 4:30 p.m. sheriff's office dispatch received a call from a resident on Palmer Road in Concord Township who reported he saw a male standing at the back of his property who appeared to be holding a long gun. He described the male and officers immediately responded to narrow their search for the suspect.
Around 4:50 p.m. three members of the search team, all deputy sheriffs and SWAT members, found and engaged the suspect, who pointed his gun at them. After appearing to have fired his weapon at them, deputies returned fire and the suspect took cover behind a large rock area. When ordered to surrender, the suspect complied.
"As they just crested that embankment, one of the members of the team shouted, 'Drop your gun! Drop your gun!'" explained Dunlap. "There was a pause in the discharge of the weapons. The lieutenant yelled, 'Show me your hands!' And beside the boulder, he exposed his hands and was taken into custody."
Razo is being held in the Lake County jail and will be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Painesville Municipal Court. Razo is charged with one count of attempted murder. The Lake County Prosecutor's Office will be reviewing additional charges, but officials need to review evidence from four different crime scenes first.