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    Lake County shooting suspect arraigned, bond set at $10M

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Alleged shooter Juan Emmanuel Razo was arraigned this afternoon in Painesville Municipal Court.

    Judge Michael Cicconetti set his bond at $10 million and set Monday for a preliminary hearing.

    Razo was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a woman who was walking on the Greenway Corridor bike path with two children. She was shot in the left arm and was treated at TriPoint Medical Center.

    Prosecutors and the Lake County Sheriff's Office said at the arraignment that they are expecting to further charge Razo with the attempted rape in Concord of a 14-year-old girl, the murder of Margaret "Peggy" Kostelnik in her home on Ravenna Road and with shooting at law enforcement officers when they tried to apprehend him Monday afternoon.

    Prosecutors and the sheriff's deputies stated in court that Razo "gave a full confession to deputies."

    Razo was represented by a public defender who entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf.

    The sheriff's department also recounted that on July 7, Razo was detained regarding a "suspicious vehicle" incident and that the U.S. Border Patrol agents told sheriff's deputies that he was here illegally from Mexico but border patrol agents refused to arrest him.

    Razo could not produce a driver's license, a green card, a birth certificate nor any kind of identification.

    "How in the hell do I even know it's him?" Cicconetti said loudly.

    When Cicconetti heard what the further charges were likely to be, he remarked "I can't set a bond high enough" and set it at $10 million.

    In a news conference Tuesday morning, officials identified the shooter alleged in two shootings that left one woman injured and another woman dead.

    Police were called out to the scene on a report of an attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl. The suspect was the girl's uncle, Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, of Painesville, who now faces an attempted murder charge.

    Officials say he has no local criminal record, but his legal status remains in question. They anticipate he will face more charges as the investigation continues.

    Margaret "Peggy" Kostelnik, 60, was found dead by her husband inside their home int he 6000 block of Ravenna Road, which is directly behind the Greenway area where another woman was shot in the arm.

    A woman, who had two children with her while on the Greenway, was shot in the left arm. She was taken to TriPoint Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm.

    Kostelnik worked as an assistant to the mayor for the City of Willoughby.

    Razo is being held at the Lake County Jail.

    On Monday afternoon, the FBI, Painesville Police, Lake Metroparks rangers, the Lake County Sheriff's Department and other local agencies responded to an area by the Greenway Corridor in the area of state Route 84 and Liberty Street/Ravenna Road Monday.

    In a statement Concord Township officials released Monday night, residents were told:

    "Residents should know that the danger is over and they may resume their normal activities."

    Just before 5 p.m. Monday, WKYC's crew watched as Painesville police officers -- with guns drawn -- were headed into the Metroparks at the intersection of SR 84 and Liberty Street.

    The Concord Fire Department tells WKYC that the woman on the Greenway was taken to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord with a gunshot wound to the left arm.
    Police search for a shooter in Lake County Vivian Feke, WKYC-TV

    WKYC's Dawn Kendrick was at the scene and says that the woman told authorities that she heard gunshots and screamed, "Don't shoot, don't shoot, I have kids."

    Neither of the children were hurt.

    The Greenway Corridor is a 4.8-mile paved trail links the municipalities of Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of these communities.

    The southern end of the trail connects the Greenway Corridor with The Maple Highlands Trail to Chardon.

    Bond set at $10 million for Concord Twp. shooting suspect

    CONCORD TWP., Ohio — Bond has been set at $10 million for the man accused in Monday’s shooting at a bike trail in Concord Township.

    Police identified the suspect accused as Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35.

    Razo is also the suspect in the murder of a woman at a Ravenna Road home and in the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl earlier in the day Monday.

    Police say that at just before 11 a.m. Monday, Lake MetroParks rangers were called to reports of an attempted rape of a 14-year-old female by her uncle at Helen Wyman Park in Concord Township.

    A search of the area commenced. Rangers found and impounded Razo’s vehicle and searched his home in Painesville. As they worked to get an arrest warrant, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called at just before 3 p.m. to reports of a woman shot in the arm on the Greenway bike path.

    The woman was identified as a 40-year-old Painesville woman. Her wound was not life-threatening.

    As authorities continued their search for Razo, a man called police at about 4:10 p.m. reporting that he’d found his wife, Peggy Kostelnik, 60, dead in their home on Ravenna Road, which is right behind the Greenway trail.

    Authorities say she was shot to death and was dead for about an hour before she was found.
    Juan Emmanuel Razo

    At just before 5 p.m., authorities received a call from a resident on Palmer Road saying a man was on his property holding a gun. Officers responded and located Razo. Razo initially pointed his gun at police, and police fired at him. However, Razo took cover behind a large boulder.

    He surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

    Authorities say Peggy Kostelnik worked for the city of Willoughby. Grief counselors will be on hand for city workers throughout the day Tuesday.

    Razo appeared at his arraignment in Painesville on Tuesday; he’ll be back in court on Monday.

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    Note: No African Americans were shot by police at any point in this story. There will be no public outrage...

    Lake County murder suspect found to be in country illegally during July 7 traffic stop

    PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Lake County sheriff's deputies learned that Juan Emmanuel Razo was in the U.S. illegally from Mexico more than two weeks before his arrest in the death of a 60-year-old Concord Township woman.

    Razo made his first court appearance Tuesday in the death of Margaret Kostelnik where a judge set a $10 million bond. He's also accused in the attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl and the shooting of another woman who survived.

    Razo pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder, but still faces possible murder and other charges in connection to the other incidents.

    Lake County Sheriff's Det. Brian Butler said during the court hearing that during a July 7 traffic stop, deputies contacted border patrol agents who advised the sheriff's office not to detain Razo despite his status as an undocumented immigrant.
    Juan Razo Arraignment Juan Razo, who is reported to be an undocumented immigrant, appeared in front of Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti on Tuesday, July 28. He's facing charges in connection with a crime spree Monday in Lake County.

    Razo, who spoke with the aid of a Spanish translator, told Painesville Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti at the hearing that he doesn't have a passport or a green card.

    Cicconetti expressed frustration at Razo's lack of documentation.

    Razo told Cicconetti he has a birth certificate from Mexico, to which the judge replied, "That doesn't help you here in the United States."

    Razo has lived in the country for five years and has no local criminal history, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

    In response to a request for information, Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jaime Ruiz issued a statement that said, "we're looking at the facts of the case to find out exactly what happened."

    Khaalid Walls, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the agency "intends to take custody of [Razo] and pursue his removal from the United States."

    Razo's illegal status may hit a nerve for many at a time when immigration is a hot button political issue. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump just last month criticized Mexican immigrants, characterizing them as criminals and rapists. Trump will be in Cleveland next week for a debate.

    The of violent events of Monday left neighbors of the rural Concord Township and the surrounding areas on edge. Investigators have not revealed any information about Razo's possible motive.

    A 14-year-old girl told police that Razo tried to rape her about 10:40 a.m. in Helen Hazen Wyman Park in Concord Township.

    Detectives canvassed the area looking for Razo. They also searched his Lusard Street home in Painesville, but didn't find him.

    As the search continued, Lake Metroparks rangers were called to a shooting near the Greenway Corridor.

    A 40-year-old woman was found along the bike path with a gunshot wound to her arm. Her two 12-year-old children were unharmed.

    Paramedics took the woman to the Tripoint Medical Center, where she was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

    Investigators widened their search area, driving an armored vehicle along the bike path. Officials sent a reverse 911 call to residents within a half-mile radius telling them to stay inside their homes.

    Officials called in help from surrounding police departments, including two K-9 units.

    It was during this search that a deputy was flagged down by Kostelnik's husband. He told detectives he just found his wife dead in their Ravenna Road home with several gunshot wounds.

    The Kostelniks' Ravenna Road home is directly behind the bike path where the woman was shot

    A man at about 4:30 p.m. called 911 reporting a man – later found to be Razo – was in his back yard pointing a rifle at his son.

    Three deputies rushed to Palmer Road in Concord Township, where they found Razo.

    Razo shot at deputies, according to reports. The deputies fired back at Razo, who jumped behind a large boulder.

    The deputies ordered Razo to surrender, which he did. He was taken into custody.

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    He isn't a citizen, therefore no Due Process rights are afforded him. Kill him. Simple.

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