Archive for Thursday, September 13, 2001

Two arrests made in Oliver slaying

Search continues for third man

September 13, 2001

Two Wyandotte County men have been charged in the Sept. 4 murder of Melanie Sue Oliver.

The 41-year-old De Soto woman was killed when a masked gunman burst into her Lakeview Heights duplex in the early morning hours and shot Oliver in the hip with a shotgun.

Jesse Guardado is charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree murder. He is being held in the Johnson County jail on a $2 million bond.

Also charged with first-degree murder is Alfredo Arambula, 18, Kansas City, Kan. He is also being held on a $2 million bond.

Both men made their first court appearances Monday in Johnson County District Court. They were given court appointed attorneys and denied a reduction in bond.

Edwardsville police and Johnson County sheriff's detectives had questioned Guardado and had followed him for a couple of days, believing he would meet with his brother. That man, 22-year-old Juan Guardado, or Juan Crutchfield, is the third man wanted by Johnson County authorities.

Police were also suspicious that Juan Guardado was staying at his brother's mobile home in the Edwardsville Mobile Home Park, Edwardville Police Chief John Ellison said.

Juan Guardado is wanted for kidnapping, aggravated battery, intimidation of a witness and domestic violence for an incident involving Oliver a few days before the killing, Ellison said.

On Thursday, Sept. 6, Jesse Guardado turned himself in at the Edwardsville Police Department and allegedly confessed to his role in the slaying. Ellison said.

Johnson County authorities arrested Arambula the same day.

It is believed that the brothers and Arambula traveled together in a vehicle from Wyandotte County to Oliver's home the night of the slaying, Ellison said.

Police have not said what roles the men played in the shooting.

Police obtained a search warrant for an apartment in Kansas City, Kan. Edwardsville police were not aware of Jesse Guardado's mobile home being searched, Ellison said. However, sheriff's deputies did obtain a search warrant for three vehicles, one belonging to Jesse Guardado.

According to Johnson County District Court records, Juan Guardado has convictions for attempted theft, theft and battery in Johnson County.

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