Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2001

Third suspect arrested in Oliver slaying

September 20, 2001

The third man wanted in connection with the Sept. 4 shooting of Melanie Sue Oliver has been apprehended.

Johnson County District Attorney Paul Morrison said 22-year-old Juan Guardado, who also went by Juan Crutchfield, was arrested Friday at the home of a friend in Kansas City, Kan. He is currently being held in the Johnson County jail on $1 million bond.

Juan Guardado was arrested for kidnapping, aggravated battery, intimidation of a witness and domestic violence for an incident involving Oliver a few days before the killing. He faces a scheduling hearing on those charges early this week, Morrison said. No additional charges have yet been filed.

"He's a suspect in the murder, but hasn't been charged," Morrison said. We're still working those charges. We have him in our custody with a big bail."

Law enforcement officers were called to Oliver's Lakeview Heights residence in the early morning hours of Sept. 4 after a masked intruder entered her duplex and shot her in the hip with a shotgun. She died as she was being airlifted to the hospital.

Juan Guardado is the father of three children, who lived in the Lakeview Heights duplex with their mother. The mother was the daughter of Oliver's boyfriend, who also lived in the duplex.

Juan Guardado's arrest follows that of his brother Jesse Guardado, 18, and Alfredo Arambula, 18, both of Edwardsville, a week earlier. Both men have been charged with first-degree murder charges in Oliver's death and are being held in Johnson County jail on $2 million bond.

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