Richland County deputies have arrested a man they believe shot and killed two people on Woodfield Road in an incident that prompted an intense, three-week search in some predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods.
Leslie Todd Parvin, 39, was arrested Thursday and booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of murder and denied bail, according to jail records.
Parvin is accused of the July 30 killing of Edgar Lopez, of Woodfield Road, and Pablo Guzman-Gutierrez, of Percival Road. The two were shot at about 7:30 p.m. in the 1900 block of Woodfield, near Decker Boulevard. The men were with a group of people, most of them Hispanic, who had gathered for a party and were drinking beer in the house’s backyard.
Lopez and Guzman-Gutierrez had left to buy more beer at a convenience store. When they returned, an argument started that led to the shooting, police said.
The arrest comes after a three-week search that included Spanish-speaking deputies setting up roadblocks and handing out fliers that showed an artist’s rendering of the suspect. Sheriff’s department spokeswoman Monique Mack said the canvassing “heightened the awareness of the community, but it was not a direct link as to how we got the suspect.”
The department earlier said deputies were looking for a man who frequently was seen spending time in Hispanic communities but was not himself Hispanic. Many people knew him by sight but didn’t know him, deputies said.
Mack declined to release more details in the arrest, saying investigators still are interviewing witnesses and processing DNA evidence. She said investigators do not expect to arrest anyone else in the case.
Sheriff Leon Lott has scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference for Monday to share more details.
In releasing news of the arrest Friday, Mack said, “We wanted to let the community know we don’t have the murderer in the county — we believe we have him in custody.”
Pamela Black Aguilar, who has known the victims since childhood, said she was relieved to know the sheriff’s department has made an arrest.
“I don’t know the killer, but I would love to meet him and tell him how I felt and what he did to some innocent people and their families,” she said.