South side San Antonio man unkn­owingly drove suspects to murder scene

Victim Albert Guerra found dead, dism­embered in burning home

SAN ANTONIO - South side resident Albert Gonzales said he unknowingly gave two suspects a ride to the neighborhood where Albert Guerra, 56, later was found murdered and partially dismembered.


San Antonio police arrested Michael Quinn, 50, and Connie Yanez, 36, early Sunday —one day after Guerra’s body was found inside his burning North side home.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, both Quinn and Yanez confessed to killing Guerra Saturday morning.

The affidavit stated that the couple showed up at the South side home that Gonzales shares with Quinn’s sister around 2 a.m. Saturday, and that Quinn was begging his sister for a ride to the North side of town.

Gonzales said he drove them instead because his wife had taken some medication that made her sleepy.

“I was just giving them a ride over there,” Gonzales said. “They were real quiet. They didn’t say nothing.”

Following directions from Yanez, Gonzales said wound up on West Avenue not far from Interstate 10.

He let them out at an intersection that is about three blocks from Guerra’s home on Wonder Parkway, the affidavit stated.

Gonzales said Quinn seemed nervous and kept looking over his shoulder as he walked away.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responding to a fire at Guerra’s home, found his body and alerted homicide detectives.

In the affidavit, police noted that Guerra’s body, which had its legs cut off, was lying on a sheet of plastic.

Police also found two saws and a large knife, along with the severed legs, near the body, the affidavit stated.

The affidavit also stated that at some point Saturday morning, Quinn called relatives in South Carolina, telling them he needed money because he had murdered someone.

Those relatives then called police about the crime, the affidavit stated.

Gonzales said he had no idea that what was intended on his part as act of kindness -- giving the couple a ride -- could possibly lead to such evil.

“It’s not my fault,” he said. “I’m surprised that they’d do something like this. If you do something wrong, you have to pay.”

Quinn and Yanez, who both have lengthy criminal records, were booked into the Bexar County Jail Sunday on a charge of murder.

Bond for each of them was set at $150,000.

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