Coworker of Troy homicide victim, suspect shocked by news of arrest

(L to R) Luis Monge Guevara, Magdaleno Perez-Calixto, Salomon Najera-Hernandez
(L to R) Luis Monge Guevara, Magdaleno Perez-Calixto, Salomon Najera-Hernandez

RENSSELAER COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Three men were arrested in Virginia in connection to two Rensselaer County homicides.

The men were identified as Luis Monge Guevara, 20, of Clifton Park, Magdaleno Perez-Calixto, 28, of Latham, and Salomon Najera-Hernandez, 21, of Mexico. Each of them faces one count of Murder in the Second Degree for Javier Gomez, who was killed in Troy Monday night.

They were arrested in Wythe County, Virginia.

Mynisha Dennis said she worked with both Gomez and Guevara at Chili’s in Clifton Park. She said both of them were good friends, and she found it odd when Guevara quit his job Monday afternoon – the same day Gomez was found dead.

“One of my former coworkers told me about Javier’s murder, and I had mentioned that I was going to try and get in touch with Luis because I knew they were friends, and this coworker told me he quit Monday afternoon,” she said.

Dennis described Guevara as a bubbly and positive person. She said she would never expect him to hurt one of his closest friends.

“Everyone is shocked,” she said. “We’re all heartbroken. When you work in a restaurant, you’re like family.”

All day, Dennis said she received multiple texts and phone calls from former coworkers of the restaurant who asked if she heard “Alfredo had been arrested” – the nickname Guevara was given by his coworkers.

“I would definitely say it’s out of character for him,” Dennis said. “He was very hardworking, so for him to quit suddenly like that is definitely – it’s out of character. Very strange.”

Police said the suspects are linked to the Quality Inn on Central Avenue in Colonie and the Rosewood Garden Apartments in Latham. Both places were searched by police on Thursday.

Police also confirmed the suspects are linked to the death of Christian Gonzalez-Hernandez, Gomez’s roommate and cousin. Rensselaer County sheriff deputies found his body near a Brunswick creek Tuesday night.

The three suspects are currently waiting for extradition back to New York. At a press conference Thursday, the Rensselaer County sheriff said the community is not in danger given it was a random incident.

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