Police arrest 3 in connection with death of 22-year-old in West Valley City

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UPDATE: West Valley City police say an additional person has been arrested in the homicide of Jake Gengelbach. Bryan Zumaya-Garcia was arrested for Felony Obstruction.

Officials say Zumaya-Garcia is believed to have been present when the victim was shot. Three total arrests now in the case

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UPDATE: The West Valley Police Department said they have arrested two people, Hassan Al Rekabi and Samuel Niu, in connection with the homicide of Jake Gengelbach. 

As SWAT prepared to serve a search warrant at Hassan al Rekabi’s residence on Monday afternoon,  police said Al Rekabi left in a vehicle.

Officers followed the vehicle and made contact in a nearby parking lot and took Al Rekabi into custody for questioning.

Hassan A Rekabi was booked into jail for criminal homicide. Investigators said his home was searched for evidence of that crime. Police believe Samuel Niu was present when the victim was shot. After the police interview, he was booked on a charge of obstruction, according to officials.

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WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News) – Police may be close to solving a murder mystery that began early Sunday morning. 

Residents of the Overlook Point Apartments reported hearing gunshots around 1:40 a.m. Later a West Valley City police officer on patrol discovered the body of 22-year-old Jake Gengelbach in the parking lot of the Hire’s Big H at 2900 West 4700 South apparently shot to death.

“We can’t guarantee that it’s a shooting but the injuries are consistent with that,” Lt. Justin Wyckoff of the WVCPD said. “We won’t know until the Medical Examiner does their investigation.”

Nathan Halverson lives in the Overlook Point Apartments and was preparing for bed when the shots rang out. 

“I just heard about 4 or 5 shots,” Halverson told ABC4 News Monday. “I knew it was close because of how clear it sounded. How clearly I heard it.” 

Jake’s friend of 6 years Jonathan Carcamo-Cardona described him as a hard-working welder and the father of a young son, a person friends would turn to for advice.

“I know when somebody young goes away like that, gun violence, they automatically want to think that he was doing bad things and Jake was never a bad person like that,” Carcamo-Cardona explained. “He always you know preached about positivity and being positive.”

Carcamo-Cardona calls Jake’s murder “cold-blooded.”

“I’m still in shock why someone would do that,” he said. “If I were to know who did it, I’d ask why first you know because I don’t think he never did anything bad for this world you know. So it’s really sad to see someone good like that go.”

Late Monday afternoon the WVCPD tweeted: “We are in the process of serving a warrant regarding a person of interest in the homicide of 22-year-old Jake Gengelbach. That person is in custody and investigators are conducting interviews. We will update as more information becomes available.”

HOMICIDE UPDATE: we are in the process of serving a warrant regarding a person of interest in the homicide of 22 year old Jake Gengelbach.  That person is in custody and investigators are conducting interviews. We will update as more information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/ZjoueUxzQg— WVC Police (@WVCPD) April 29, 2019

 

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