Multiple Aliases, Multiple Arrests
Alleged cop killer, convicted criminal & illegal immigrant used aliases & a broken system to kill two copsBy Crawford Coates | Nov 13, 2014
U.S. Immigration and Customs has confirmed that the fingerprints of an alleged-cop killer who identified himself as Marcelo Marquez match those of Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. According to friends and family, those were just two of several names he went by.
It has been determined that Monroy-Bracamonte is in the country illegally, and has twice been deported and spent multiple stints behind bars. According to records from the Maricopa Sheriff’s Officer, Monroy-Bracamonte has been in custody there four times. There records list him as Luis Bracamonte.
34-year-old Monroy-Bracamonte’s first known arrest came in 1996 for several felonies, including drug sales. He was release to ICE officials in 1997.
In 1998, Monroy-Bracamonte was arrested again on drug charges, as well as misconduct involving a weapon and possession of marijuana. He was jailed and released.
In 2001, he was arrested for selling drugs. Three months later he was arrested for failure to appear in court. He posted bond and allegedly left the state of Arizona soon after.
Monroy-Bracamonte lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City with his wife since 2001. A search by the Associated Press for “Marcelo Marquez” found at least 10 tickets and misdemeanor traffic citations in Utah under that name. Those tickets and citations would not have subjected the violator to fingerprinting or records checks. Three small claims filings attempting to collect debts were also filed against a man with the name Marcelo Marquez.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Mauro Marquez, the suspects’ father in law, knew Monroy-Bracamonte as Luis Monroy and said that he worked as a house painter. The couple, said Marquez, married in Arizona 14 years ago. Marquez visited the couple each Christmas at their home in West Valley City, Utah.
Marquez daughter has been arrested as an accomplice in the murder spree that began when Sacramento Sheriff’s deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in the forehead while inspecting a suspicious vehicle in a Motel 6 parking lot. According to his partner, who returned fire on the fleeing vehicle, Oliver didn’t have time to react to the gunshot. Deputy Oliver died as a result of his injuries.
The couple then attempted to carjack Anthony Holmes, 38, who refused to give up his car and was shot several times in the face. Holmes remains in critical condition at the UC Davis Medical Center.
The suspects approached a nearby gardener, Jose Cruz, producing a pistol and demanding his vehicle. According to Cruz, the couple said they were desperate and wounded. Cruz helped them remove the landscaping trailer from his truck in which they then sped off.
Monroy-Bracamonte eluded hundreds of law enforcement officers for hours in Sacramento and Placer counties. Several area schools were put on lockdown during this time as state and local authorities went into high gear in their search.
Placer County deputies spotted the truck in Auburn. As deputies approached, they were immediately met with AR-15 fire. Both were taken to the hospital. Deputy Michael David Davis Jr. died from his injuries.
Local and state law enforcement began to center their search for Monroy-Bracamonte in a neighborhood and canyon near Placer High School. Eventually, with help from local residents, authorities were able to identify the house in which Monroy-Bracamonte was hidden. He surrendered to deputies around 4 p.m. and was taken away in a gurney.
Monroy-Bracamonte was arraigned in Sacracmento on Tuesday in shackles.
Information for this article was taken from the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, and KCRA.com.