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FBI renews effort to find fugitive in 2007 shooting of woman at Davis hotel

Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia
Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia FBI

The FBI’s Sacramento Division has renewed an international campaign to find a Honduran man accused of shooting a woman in a Davis hotel room seven years ago.

On Nov. 10, 2007, Julio Cesar Guevara-Mejia, 42, allegedly lured a 19-year-old Sacramento woman, with whom he had a prior relationship, to a Davis hotel, where he had rented a room. When the woman arrived at the hotel, Guevara-Mejia reportedly tried to force her into the room. A bystander heard the woman scream for help and attempted to intervene, but Guevara-Mejia pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the bystander, according to an FBI news release. Guevara-Mejia then pushed the woman into the hotel room, where he allegedly forced her onto the bed and shot her in each foot. He then fired at least three more rounds into her torso, authorities said.

Despite her injuries, the woman survived.

On Nov. 13, 2007, an arrest warrant was issued by the Superior Court in Yolo County, charging Guevara-Mejia with attempted murder, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon.

A federal arrest warrant was issued Jan. 22, 2008, by the U.S. District Court in Sacramento, charging Guevara-Mejia with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Guevara-Mejia is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of the shooting, he weighed about 160 pounds, authorities said. He is believed to have ties to Southern California, Texas, Mexico and Latin America.

FBI officials said he continues to be considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading directly to the capture of Guevara-Mejia. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the FBI at (800) 225-5324 and select the prompt for the case, or call the FBI’s Sacramento Division at (916) 481-9110.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.