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Police Report Offers Insight Into Relationship Of Gunman, Ex-Girlfriend

Posted September 26, 2002

— Authorities are beginning to learn more about Lourdes Guzman and Roberto Campos, the man who killed her, then killed himself Monday night. A police report shows how troubled their relationship was.

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police report from six years ago shows Guzman, then Lourdes Almendares filed a complaint against Campos. Almendares was her maiden name. According to the police report, "Ms. Almendares stated that Roberto started arguing with her and went to hit her and fearing for her life, she fled. As she ran out, Roberto told her that if she calls the police, he will kill her."

Police say Guzman did go to the police. The report continues by saying, "Ms. Almendares stated that in the past, Roberto has punched and kicked her and has stabbed her in the right arm leaving a scar."

The report also states, "Roberto has held a knife to her neck in the past and told her if she calls the police, he will kill her and her son."

Campos came looking for Guzman Monday afternoon.

"He was apparently, based on what we know at this time, he was taken over there by some friends of his. We're still investigating that also," said Lt. Chris Morgan, of the Raleigh Police Department.

On Monday, Campos kidnapped Guzman and her two children. After letting the children go on the Beltline, he forced Guzman to drive for more than 2 1/2 hours while firing shots along the way with police in pursuit. The chase ended on I-85 in Virginia with authorities using stop sticks on the vehicle.

Campos later shot Guzman and then himself. Authorities said they did what they thought was the right thing to do at the time.

"What we did was appropriate and proper for the circumstances, for the environment and for the facts that we knew them and most importantly, they were in the best interests of the public in Virginia," said Col. Gerald Massengill, of Virginia State Police.

Virginia State Police told WRAL the handgun Campos used is a .44 Magnum. At least eight spent rounds were found in the pickup truck he forced Guzman to drive. Several additional rounds had not been fired.

Funeral arrangements for Guzman are set for 4 p.m. Friday. The service will be held at:

Poole Funeral Services 944 Old Knight Road Knightdale, N.C.

Her family plans to take her body back to Honduras for burial.

To help with those expenses and to care for her children, the company where she worked has set up a trust fund. You may contribute to:

The Guzman Family Trust Fund c/o Bank Of America One Hannover Square, Suite 306 Raleigh, NC, 27601


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