Mville cops arrest local suspect in Beaverton gang shooting
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:59 AM
MARYSVILLE A Marysville man was arrested in connection with a March 2006 homicide in Beaverton, Oregon after an 11-month-long investigation involving several Snohomish County law enforcement agencies.
Thirty-five-year-old Luciano Talavera-Cibrian was arrested on Jan. 5 of this year on outstanding warrants and federal immigration charges. Luis Felipe-Gonzalez, 34, was also arrested in Hillsboro, Ore. on traffic and immigration charges. Both have been identified as suspects in the March, 25, 2006 death of Juan Rincon Cruz in Beaverton.
Cruz and another man were both shot in a Beaverton apartment by three members of a Gresham, Ore. gang who were retaliating for a gang-related incident the week prior. According to the Beaverton Police Department, the two victims were not involved in the gang activity the week before and were shot due to mistaken identity.
The homicide is gang related, said detective Dan Kelley of the Beaverton Police Department.
According to Kelley, Cibrian had been living in Marysville for several years and had been traveling to the Portland area for some time.
He has family and friends in this area.
Kelley cited the Marysville department and several officers for their help in apprehending Cibrian and shaking out information about the other suspect. A six-month investigation involved many other state and federal agencies, including the Snohomish Regional Drug Task Force. Kelley cited Marysville officers Mark Thomas and Jose Vargas for their help, among others.
A large number of people were involved in helping me out, Kelley said. They helped us several times with a variety of different things.
The matter went to a grand jury and those affidavits are sealed. Kelley said both Cibrian and Gonzalez have been identified as being the triggermen in the Cruz homicide.
Marysville Interim Police Chief John Turner cited the arrests as evidence that Marysville is host to gangs and that his department is closely watching signs of gang activity, including graffiti tagging that gangs use to communicate with each other.