George, WA - Law enforcement officers in Grant County have arrested five illegal immigrants in the December kidnapping and murder of Jill Sundberg, age 31.
According to Breibart, witnesses told the Grant County Sheriff's Office that Jill Sundberg was arguing with one of the five suspects, Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez, on the night of December 21, 2016, at an RV park. It is not known what the argument was about but shortly afterward, Sundberg was seen leaving the park against her will, with her hands held behind her back by another suspect.
All five suspects and unidentified witnesses drove Jill Sundberg to a rest area beside a highway. One suspect was seen kicking Sundberg's legs, forcing her to the ground. Rodriguez then shot Sundberg at least 13 times in the head.
After Jill Sundberg was shot, a third suspect was seen writing a note in Spanish on a piece of cardboard, then placed it on Sundberg's back, and used a knife to stab and hold the cardboard in place on Sundberg. What was written on the note has not been released.
The group then fled the scene and went to a nearby convenience store, where they bought beer. Sundberg's body was found on December 22, 2016, about 1.5 miles from Silica Road. An investigation began.
Investigators from the Grant County Sheriff's Office worked with U.S. Marshals and the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement (INET) task force during the investigation.
The five illegal immigrants who were arrested and their charges are: Gustavo Tapia Rodriguez, and alleged shooter, age 39, First Degree Murder and First Degree Kidnapping; Ambrosio Mendez Villanueva, age 25, First Degree Murder and First Degree Kidnapping; Julio Mendez Villanueva, age 25, First Degree Murder and First Degree Kidnapping; Fernando Marcos Gutierrez, age 33, material witness and Immigration charges; Salvador Espinoza Gomez, age 24, also a material witness, and Possession of a firearm, drug charges, and Immigration charges.
Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said “This was an immense collaborative effort between responding agencies. Our sincerest thanks to all and continued prayers to the Sundberg family for their senseless loss.” Jill Sundberg left behind her sons Zander, Drason, Kaleb, and Brayden, and other family members.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Jill Marie Sundberg for their loss.
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