Guillermo Padilla-Martinez has confessed to fatally shooting Juan Cazares-Perez with a 40-caliber semiautomatic handgun, according to a probable cause declaration issued Friday in the Sparks Justice Court.
Padilla-Martinez has been booked into the Washoe County jail without bond.
Padilla-Martinez told Sparks investigators that he was driving a blue Saturn along Greenbrae Drive shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday when he noticed a black Lincoln Navigator tailgating his car.
When he pulled to a stop sign his passenger, Carlos Benitez, exited the car to confront Cazares-Perez, a passenger who had exited the black SUV.
A fistfight between Benitez and Cazares-Perez then erupted in the middle of the street.
Padilla-Martinez said he then got out of his car, pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Cazares-Perez once.
Several 911 calls from witnesses were made and Cazares-Perez was discovered lying in the middle of the street bleeding profusely from his neck when emergency medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced dead on scene a short time later.
Padilla-Martinez and Benitez fled the scene immediately after the shooting.
Christopher Orellana, the driver of the black SUV, told investigators that he gave chase, bumping the suspect’s vehicle several times until it spun out of control and hit a tree on Rock Boulevard near Plymouth Avenue. Orellana then briefly returned to check on the victim and later fled because he said he was scared.
Padilla-Martinez and Benitez fled their vehicle after it crashed and ran through a field near the Raley’s supermarket at Pyramid Way and McCarran Boulevard, ditching clothing and the murder weapon along the way.
An undercover unit spotted both individuals on Roberta Lane and took them into custody.
Padilla-Martinez told investigators that he only intended to scare the victim but when he asked about his motive, he said he did not know why he had pulled the trigger.
The murder weapon was reportedly stolen from a residence on Santa Barbara Avenue in Sparks in January.
Padilla-Martinez also said that the victim was unarmed.
He admitted to associating with known members of the documented street gang DMK, or Dirty Mob Krew.
Benitez told investigators that Padilla-Martinez had told him that he had “fucked up” and “knew he was going to prison.”
Padilla-Martinez also told investigators that he knew he had made a mistake and would pay for it the rest of his life.