Reward offered in 2008 murder

October 15, 2010 at 11:36 pm

published Oct. 15, 2010
FBI, Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office offer $20,000 for man’s arrest
BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Local FBI agents on Thursday announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for a February 2008 murder.

Since April 2008, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has had an arrest warrant and indictment for 22-year-old Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara for the slaying of his neighbor, Wanda Barton, 26.

He is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

“We believe he broke into her mobile home, raped her and then stabbed her to death,” said Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Barton’s body was found on the morning of Feb. 20 in her south Lake Charles mobile home. Her 4-year-old son was found in the trailer unharmed.

The next day, detectives identified Garcia Guevara as a person of interest. He has been missing ever since, and officials believe he fled to his hometown of Rioverde, San Luis Potosi, in central Mexico.

Mancuso said that since the slaying two years ago, local officials have been assisted in their search by the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. marshals.

Federal officials have issued a warrant for Garcia Guevara for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
He is described as being 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 185-190 pounds.

Mancuso said there is a chance Garcia Guevara has tried to travel to Dallas, Houston or New Mexico using fake documents.

“This case has been profiled on our FBI website and ‘America’s Most Wanted,’ ” said Hall Jones, senior supervisory agent for the Lafayette-Lake Charles area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or the FBI at 433-6353.

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