UPDATE: 2nd Male Suspect Caught.......Mother of Fire Victims Held Without Bond | Crime
LILBURN, GA -- UPDATE: 2nd male suspect caught. The Gwinnett Sheriff’s Department Fugitive Unit located and arrested a second man Wednesday night involved in a fatal fire incident that left three children dead last week.
Armed with the information Gwinnett deputies provided on Joseph Perez, Gwinnett Police put together a photo line-up and took out drug trafficking warrants once he was positively identified.
Gwinnett deputies with the Fugitive Unit went back to Mr. Perez’s address in College Park and arrested him for trafficking in methamphetamine. He is currently being held at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. ### END OF UPDATE
The mother of three young fire victims showed no emotion as she made her first court appearance at the Gwinnett County jail early Saturday.
Neibe Brito, 22, was charged with trafficking methamphetamine after a deadly fire at her Lilburn home on Thursday.
A magistrate judge ordered Brito to be held without bond, and he appointed a public defender to her case. He set her preliminary hearing for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, police said the man facing felony murder and arson charges in the case may be heading to Mexico.
Ivan Gonzalez has been charged with three counts of murder, and one count each of arson and drug trafficking.
One-year-old Stacy Brito, 3-year-old Ivan Guevara and 4-year-old Isaac Guevara were trapped in a second floor bedroom when fire broke out in a home on Spring Mill Drive in Lilburn on Thursday.
The children were pulled from the burning home before firefighters arrived and taken to local hospitals, but all three died from their injuries.
In a Friday morning news conference, Gwinnett County Police said the fire was sparked by chemicals used to make methamphetamine, which were in the kitchen where the fire started. Investigators said they also discovered evidence of a meth lab inside the house.
Police are still looking for Gonzalez, who they say was not the children's father. They say he was at the home when fire crews first arrived, trying to put out the blaze with a garden hose. When the children were taken from the home in an ambulance, they said he followed behind.
Gonzalez is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has short hair and a tattoo of Jesus on the outside of one of his calves. He may also have some burns on his face.
Investigators say he may be traveling in a gray Honda Accord or Civic or a green 2004-2005 model Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Police said the do not know Gonzalez's relationship to the children's mother.
Narcotics investigators said they found $192,155 in cash in the walls of the home. They also said they found 4,555 grams of liquid methamphetamine and 1 pound of finished meth. They said they estimate that another 4 pounds of meth were consumed in the fire.
Anyone who has any information relating to Gonzalez's whereabouts, is asked to contact Gwinnett County police.