A bail bondswoman has accused the county State's Attorney's Office of withholding information that could have prevented an attempted murder suspect's flight to his native Ecuador.
Facing a trial on charges of shooting a man at a party last February in Shady Side, Raul Eduardo Guevara apparently chose to flee the country. When Guevara was a no-show for his scheduled trial yesterday, Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams ruled the Shady Side man had forfeited his $25,000 bond.
In a motion for a hearing on the bond forfeiture filed yesterday, bail bondswoman Theresa Moyer of the Amwest Surety Insurance Co. said the state's attorney's office was told Aug. 7 Guevara was about to flee.
Moyer said that the prosecutor's office did not contact her immediately, but only later sought to have the man's bond revoked. In the motion, Moyer said Guevara could have been "rather easily" apprehended and held for trial if she had been told of his whereabouts in August.
The motion says the bail bondswoman cannot find Guevara, but he is believed to have fled to a remote farm area in Ecuador, "making it virtually impossible to arrange for his apprehension and return to this jurisdiction."
Court records show Assistant State's Attorney Ronald M. Naditch filed a motion Aug. 14 to revoke Guevara's bond. In the motion, Naditch says Sabina Cranston, who was among those who posted Guevara's bond to gain his release, told him on Aug. 13 that Guevara had fled the country and was possibly in Spain. The woman said Michael Thompson, a man who helped raise Guevara's bond, also aided him to sell his belongings and drove him to the airport and helped him flee the country.
On Aug. 14, Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. issued a warrant for Guevara's arrest to review his bond status.
Guevara, 44, of the 1100 block Oak Avenue in Shady Side, was charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with the Feb. 3 shooting of Thomas Dyer Hibble, records show. An application for charges shows Hibble was among a number of people who crashed a party in a house in the 1100 block Bay View Avenue. After being involved in a fight inside the house, Hibble and a friend were standing near Hibble's pickup truck when they were approached by a woman with a pit bull terrier on a leash who warned them that "Jose" was coming with a gun.
A man then approached and shot Hibble in the right side with a long barrel handgun, the document shows. He also shot at another man's feet before heeding pleas from a friend to leave.
"Jose" was later identified as Guevara. He was arrested Feb. 8 after being identified as the gunman by witnesses who picked him out of a line up. He was released on bond two days later.
Guevara's place of birth is listed as Guyaquil, Ecuador.