The Ottumwa Courier

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November 26, 2012

Drug, gun defendant not a stranger to police

OTTUMWA — A man accused of having drugs and a stolen gun is a familiar face at the Wapello County Law Center.

Last week on rural Cliffland Road, a Wapello County sheriff’s deputy arrested Lorenzo Gabriel Langarcia, 19, of Ottumwa. He’d been a passenger in a car pulled over during a traffic stop.

Langarcia was charged with possession with the intent to deliver five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Class B felony and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with illegally carrying a pistol, and theft because the gun had been reported stolen.

In March, police said Langarcia, along with three other men, stabbed Eden Guerra in Ottumwa. Guerra survived, but suffered what police described as serious injuries in the attack.

Langarcia has plead guilty to lesser charges in that case, one county of felony burglary. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 3 for that, a class D felony, which can bring up to five years in prison.

In 2010, a 16-year-old Lorenzo Langarcia and another juvenile were both charged with attempted murder and rioting following what, at the time, police called a gang-related confrontation.

Neighbors said that dispute began at East Second and Ash streets over windows broken out of vehicles. Two groups confronted each other with baseball bats, they said.

One neighbor said assailants chased Joel Herrarte, 16, who ran onto the sidewalk before being shot in a driveway.

 Herrarte was treated  for a gunshot wound to the chest and released later that day.

In that incident, Langarcia pleaded guilty to assault and was fined. Rioting charges were dismissed.

The multiple charges facing him now mean that as of Monday morning, Langarcia was still being held at the Wapello County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash only bail.

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