A joint effort between the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service has resulted in the arrest of fugitive Ivan Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was wanted on charges stemming from a February 2011 house fire that killed three children, 21-month-old Stacy Brito, 3-year-old Jose Ivan Guevara and 4-year-old Isaac Guevara. On scene investigators determined that the fire was caused by the production of Methamphetamine inside the house and that Ivan Gonzalez was one of three adults in the residence producing or processing the drug. Gonzalez, however, fled the scene before police and fire personnel arrived.
Gwinnett County Police investigators obtained warrants for Gonzalez’s arrest, charging him with (3) counts of Murder, Trafficking Methamphetamine, Trafficking Marijuana, Possession of Methamphetamine and (3) counts of Arson in the 1st Degree – Endangering a Human Life.
Through the course of their investigation, investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office developed leads that Ivan Gonzalez had fled to the Apatzingan, Michoacan area in Mexico, his native country. Working with the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office, investigators obtained a Provisional Arrest Warrant through the Department of Justice.
In September 2014, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office deputies received notification from the U.S. Marshals Service Mexico Foreign Field Office that Ivan Gonzalez had been taken into custody by Mexican authorities in the city of Uruapan, Michoacan. Extradition proceedings commenced and Ivan Gonzalez is currently being booked in at the Gwinnett County Jail.
U.S. Marshals Task Force Commander Keith Booker said, “Today’s arrest was a direct result of the cooperation between state, local and federal law enforcement agencies. We can’t change what happened, but we can make sure that those responsible are held accountable.”
Sheriff Butch Conway has harsher words, saying, “Ivan Gonzalez came to this country illegally where he manufactured and distributed drugs, caused the death of three innocent young children and stained the neighborhood where he burned a house down. Then, like the cockroach that he is, he fled back to his home country to avoid prosecution for the crimes that he committed here. I am glad to welcome him back to America, where I hope he spends the rest of his natural life behind bars.”