Police Issue Arrest Warrant in Levy Case

Posted March 3, 2009 at 12:45pm

Police announced Tuesday that they have issued an arrest warrant for a jailed immigrant in the eight-year-old murder case of Chandra Levy, a government intern whose disappearance made national headlines and ended the career of then-Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.).

Police intend to arrest Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran immigrant who is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence for assaulting two women in Rock Creek Park.

When the 24-year-old Levy disappeared eight years ago, police initially questioned Condit, whose affair with the intern became nationally known. Police never named him as a suspect, but the case cost him his re-election.

At a press conference Tuesday, D.C. officials said they hope to bring Guandique to the District in 45 to 60 days to face charges of first-degree homicide. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum sentence of 60 years.

Jeffrey Taylor, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said officials believe that Levy was “a random victim of Guandique,— who allegedly killed her while she was walking in Rock Creek Park in May 2001. Her remains were found there about a year later.

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said she met with Levy’s parents in 2007 and had been working to solve the case ever since.

The arrest warrant, she said, hopefully gives them “a sense of peace.—

“It dawned on me that there is very little I can do or anyone else can do for the Levys other than offer justice,— she said.