Search resumes for 2 men in Midvale triple homicide

One victim described as good father with bad habits

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 5:35 p.m. MST

Fresques was known to be associated with some of the people in the house, Hoyal said. And while a motive for the shootings was still unknown, Fresques is a documented gang member and the residence is a "known narcotics house," according to police. A SWAT team served a drug-related search warrant at the house about a month ago. The warrant was served after undercover officers made drug purchases at the house, Hoyal said. When the warrant was served, SWAT said it seized drug paraphernalia inside.

Neighbors also reported seeing frequent short-term traffic in front of the house at all hours.

According to Utah state court records, two renters of the house were currently in the process of being evicted. New filings were processed in court just a few days ago.

Jose C. Velazquez, the owner of the property, filed an eviction notice against Garcia and Esther Arredondo. In his court filings, Velazquez claimed the occupants were behind on rent, had caused significant damage, had added roommates without permission, built two extra rooms in the backyard in addition to "trashing" the backyard. He also said the city of Midvale had sent him violation notices about storage in the front yard.

In their counterclaim, Garcia and Arredondo said the damage to the property was caused by police "when they served a search warrant in which Jose is being wrongfully accused of," according to court records.

Fresques was sentenced to one to 15 years at the Utah State Prison in 2007 for robbery and simple assault, according to court records. Most recently, he was charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication in September. At that time, the court listed his address as a Main Street residence in Midvale, not far from the shooting scene.

Fresques' criminal record also includes convictions for forgery in 2011 in which he was sentenced to one year in jail; forgery and a weapons violation in 2007; criminal trespassing on school property and possession of drug paraphernalia in another 2007 case in which he was sentenced to six months in jail; illegally carrying a concealed weapon in 2006; and disorderly conduct, also in 2006.

Court records also show that Jarman had an extensive criminal history dating back nearly 15 years. In 1999, Jarman was convicted of three drug-related felonies in Davis County, including drug distribution. He was sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay restitution to the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force.

He also was convicted of misdemeanor drug or DUI crimes in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012. In addition, Jarman was convicted of felony drug possession in 2005 and sentenced to 90 days in the Davis County Jail.

Most recently, Jarman was charged in 3rd District Court in January with felony drug possession after Unified police found a bag of meth in his pocket, according to court documents. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Jan. 28 for failing to appear in court and was still outstanding at the time of his death.

Anyone with information on Fresques or the killings is asked to call police at 801-743-7000. Police say Fresques and the second man should both be considered armed and dangerous.

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com, syi@ksl.com

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