Man accused in Lake Co. crime spree waives hearing

Man accused in Lake Co. crime spree waives hearing
Suspect Juan Emanuel Razo appears in court. (Source: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Juan Emmanuel Razo came to court Monday facing serious charges yet wanted his bond reduced. He also came face to face with one of his victims.

As he arrived at Painesville Municipal Court we asked in Spanish how he was able to stay in this country illegally so long. We got no answer.

Before Judge Michael Cicconetti he said nothing in court, allowing his lawyers to do the talking.

They waived the preliminary hearing, meaning the case will go to the Grand Jury for more serious charges including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and attempted rape. Representatives of the Mexican Consulate helped confirm that he is indeed Juan Razo, a man with otherwise no identification.

Also in court, the husband of Peggy Kostelnik, the woman police say he has admitted murdering.

Razo's attorney told the Judge "I've had interactions with Mr. Razo, with his family and it seems clear to me that he has a serious mental illness." He asked for Razo's bond to be lowered from the $10 million Judge Cicconetti set last week. Before he decided the Judge asked the woman Razo allegedly wounded in the arm what she thought.

She came to court with a portion of her sleeve covering her wound, a large area under that still blackened a week after she was shot. She told the Judge "My name is Mary Cable and I would not like the bond reduced."

Cicconetti agreed saying, "I set the bond at $10 million and I really have no good reason, no reason at all to consider a reduction of that."

Razo is accused of killing one woman and shooting another in the Lake Metroparks.

Tuesday, July 28, around 10:45 a.m. Lake Metroparks rangers responded to a call of an attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl by her uncle at Helen Wyman Park in Concord. She escaped and ran to a nearby veterinarian's office.

The search began for Razo.

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 was transported to TriPoint Hospital for the treatment of a gunshot wound to the left arm that was not life-threatening. Her children were not harmed.

During the search for Razo, 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.

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. deputy sheriffs and SWAT members, found 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. He eventually surrendered.

"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 remains locked up in the Lake County jail.

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