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April 29, 2021

Video and GPS data appear to implicate murder suspect

Photo/Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office
Deputies at the murder scene last Thursday night, April 22.
Judge Charles Foley on Thursday agreed to amend charges against Jose Vidal Pereira (above) and Jury Beatrice Guerra to first-degree murder.
Surveillance video put a 2008 Saturn Vue XE at the residence at the time of the time of the murder. Jose Pereira is the son of the registered owner and is the primary user of the vehicle.
— Jose Vidal Pereira arrest warrant
By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Staff Journalist
A video recording and ankle monitor data appear to place one of four suspects in last week’s murder of a Remington man at the scene at time of the crime, according to the investigation.

Fauquier deputies Wednesday arrested Jose Vidal Pereira, 31, of Manassas, on charges of second-degree murder, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in the April 22 fatal shooting of Charles W. “Tripp” Bopp III, 24, outside his home at 11986 Freemans Ford Road, west of town.

“Surveillance video put a 2008 Saturn Vue XE at the residence at the time of the time of the murder,” the arrest warrant for Mr. Pereira states. “Jose Pereira is the son of the registered owner and is the primary user of the vehicle.”

The court document also states that Mr. Pereira “wears an ankle monitor as part of his pre-trial conditions,” apparently for an unrelated criminal charge. “The GPS location from his ankle monitor shows him at 11986 Freemans Ford Road . . . at 5:26 p.m., consistent with the timeframe that the murder took place.”

Incarcerated at the Fauquier County jail, Mr. Pereira got arraigned via video Thursday morning in Fauquier County General District Court.

His and co-defendant Jury Beatrice Guerra’s legal problems potentially got a lot more serious at the hearing.

Like Mr. Pereia, Ms. Guerra, 28, of Woodbridge, faced second-degree murder and related charges.

Second-degree murder carries a penalty of up to 40 years in jail.

But, at the request of Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott C. Hook, retired Judge Charles B. Foley amended that charge to first-degree murder for both defendants.

First-degree murder has a penalty of up to life in prison.

At Thursday’s hearing, Judge Foley also denied Ms. Guerra’s request to be released on bond.

Mr. Guerra and Ms. Pereia will return to general district court July 28 for preliminary hearings to determine if probable cause exists that they committed the crimes.

Fauquier sheriff’s detectives this week also arrested a fourth suspect in the murder — Darren Nathaniel Davis, 36, of Manassas, who faces charges of murder, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and use of a firearm in a commission of a felony

As of Thursday afternoon, Mr. Davis had no date set for his arraignment in general district court.

A fourth suspect, Martin Anuar Martinez, 30, of Manassas, fled to Texas after the incident.

Police there last Thursday arrested Mr. Martinez, who remains in custody
in Texas, pending extradition to Virginia, according to the Fauquier sheriff’s office.

Mr. Martinez faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, armed daytime burglary and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

He allegedly shot and killed Mr. Bopp, who interrupted a burglary at his home, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim’s father Charles W. Bopp Jr. retired Aug. 31 as a major, one of the highest-ranking members of the Fauquier sheriff’s office. Maj. Bopp previously worked as a U.S. Secret Service agent in charge after transferring from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.
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