Lake County shooting suspect arraigned, bond set at $10M

Officials say he has no local criminal record, but border patrol says he is in the U.S. illegally.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- Alleged shooter Juan Emmanuel Razo was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Painesville Municipal Court.

Judge Michael Cicconetti set his bond at $10 million and set Monday for a preliminary hearing.

Razo was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a woman who was walking on the Greenway Corridor bike path with two children. She was shot in the left arm and was treated at TriPoint Medical Center.

Prosecutors and the Lake County Sheriff's Office said at the arraignment that they are expecting to further charge Razo with the attempted rape in Concord of a 14-year-old girl, the murder of Peggy Kostelnik in her home on Ravenna Road and with shooting at law enforcement officers when they tried to apprehend him Monday afternoon.

Prosecutors and the sheriff's deputies stated in court that Razo "gave a full confession to deputies."

Razo was represented by a public defender who entered a "not guilty" plea on his behalf.

The sheriff's department also recounted that on July 7, Razo was detained regarding a "suspicious vehicle" incident and that the U.S. Border Patrol agents told sheriff's deputies that he was here illegally from Mexico but border patrol agents refused to arrest him.

Razo could not produce a driver's license, a green card, a birth certificate nor any kind of identification.

"How in the hell do I even know it's him?" Cicconetti said loudly.

When Cicconetti heard what the further charges were likely to be, he remarked "I can't set a bond high enough" and set it at $10 million.


In a news conference Tuesday morning, officials identified the shooter alleged in two shootings that left one woman injured and another woman dead.

Police were called out to the scene on a report of an attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl. The suspect was the girl's uncle, Juan Emmanuel Razo, 35, of Painesville, who now faces an attempted murder charge.

Officials say he has no local criminal record, but his legal status remains in question. They anticipate he will face more charges as the investigation continues.

Peggy Kostelnik, 60, was found dead by her husband inside their home int he 6000 block of Ravenna Road, which is directly behind the Greenway area where another woman was shot in the arm.

A woman, who had two children with her while on the Greenway, was shot in the left arm. She was taken to TriPoint Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to the arm.

Kostelnik worked as an assistant to the mayor for the City of Willoughby.

Razo is being held at the Lake County Jail.

On Monday afternoon, the FBI, Painesville Police, Lake Metroparks rangers, the Lake County Sheriff's Department and other local agencies responded to an area by the Greenway Corridor in the area of state Route 84 and Liberty Street/Ravenna Road Monday.

In a statement Concord Township officials released Monday night, residents were told:

"Residents should know that the danger is over and they may resume their normal activities."

Just before 5 p.m. Monday, WKYC's crew watched as Painesville police officers -- with guns drawn -- were headed into the Metroparks at the intersection of SR 84 and Liberty Street.

The Concord Fire Department tells WKYC that the woman on the Greenway was taken to TriPoint Medical Center in Concord with a gunshot wound to the left arm.

WKYC's Dawn Kendrick was at the scene and says that the woman told authorities that she heard gunshots and screamed, "Don't shoot, don't shoot, I have kids."

Neither of the children were hurt.

The Greenway Corridor is a 4.8-mile paved trail links the municipalities of Painesville, Painesville Township and Concord Township allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of these communities.

The southern end of the trail connects the Greenway Corridor with The Maple Highlands Trail to Chardon.


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