Levy Suspect Used Rock Creek Park as ‘Hunting Ground'

Arrest warrant expected soon in Levy case

WASHINGTON -- The man now suspected in the death of Chandra Levy eight years ago used Rock Creek Park as a "hunting ground," according to prosecutors.

D.C. police are preparing an arrest warrant for 27-year-old Ingmar Guandique, sources told WRC's Pat Collins. Guandique is serving a 10-year sentence in a federal prison in California for attacks on two female joggers in Rock Creek Park in 2001. Prosecutors have new evidence worthy of taking Guandique to court in connection with Levy's death, sources said.

D.C. police confirmed Wednesday a WTOP report that detectives investigating the Levy case flew to California. Police did not say for what purpose the detectives are there.

Levy was 24 and had just completed an internship with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when she disappeared in May 2001 after leaving her D.C. apartment.

After a year of searches failed to find her, Levy's remains were spotted by a dog walker in Rock Creek Park in May 2002.

Prosecutors said Guandique used Rock Creek Park as a "hunting ground," stalking victims along popular running trails, according to court documents. One victim said she is convinced Guandique was intent on raping her.

During the investigation, authorities questioned Levy's congressman, Gary Condit, and revealed his affair with Levy. The former Democratic congressman from Ceres, Calif., released a statement after reports of the impending arrest warrant.

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"For the Levy family, we are glad they are finally getting the answers they deserve," Condit said. "For my family, I am glad that their years of standing together in the face of such adversity have finally led to the truth."
 

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