Police identify 3 arrested in connection with Rensselaer County homicides

Christian Gonzalez Hernandez (L) and Javier Gomez (R)
Christian Gonzalez Hernandez (L) and Javier Gomez (R)

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – During a press conference on Thursday, law enforcement officials say they arrested three people in connection with the Rensselaer County homicides.

The three suspects, 20-year-old Luis Monge Guevara, of Clifton Park; 28-year-old Magdaleno Perez-Calixto, of Latham; and 21-year-old Salomon Najera-Hernandez, of Mexico, were arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection to the murders of Javier Gomez and Christian Gonzalez Hernandez.

Law enforcement sources say at least one of the suspects had stayed at the Quality Inn in Colonie where evidence technicians were still working Thursday and Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Virginia State Police stopped a car with all three suspects inside in Wythe County, Virginia.

Right now, they are each facing one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Javier Gomez , killed in Troy Monday night. Police also confirmed the identification of the body found in Brunswick is Christian Gonzalez Hernandez, which NEWS10 ABC first reported to you Wednesday morning.

Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says the investigation is still unfolding but says the community is not in danger.

“Very confident this was an incident between acquaintances and was not a random event and the community is not in any danger whatsoever,” Chief Tedesco said.

All three suspects remain in Virginia awaiting extradition proceedings.

Aside from the Quality Inn, law enforcement sources say the suspects are linked to the Rosewood Garden apartments in Latham.

Neighbors say a couple had been living in Apartment 5 for a few weeks.

“Sometimes we say hi, but they never say hi back. I tried to stay out of it.”

People living in the apartments say State Police and Troy Police were at the complex all day Wednesday and Thursday.

“Two police cars were here at 6 a.m. when I left for work,” Peter Kokis, a neighbor, said. “My wife called me up at 2 p.m. and said there are six or seven cars out here.”

Residents were shocked to learn why.

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