Murder Victim Was A “Devoted And Loving Father”

OMAHA (KPTM) –The call came in as an assault, but early Thursday morning officers responding to the scene found an Omaha man dead in his own driveway.

Police carefully lifted the body of 39-year-old Peter Barges from the pavement. Officers were sent to the area south of 71st and Lake around 2 o’clock Thursday morning after someone called 911 to report an altercation. “Just shocking,” said one neighbor.

Police went door-to-door looking for information, but neighbors KPTM talked to say they didn’t see or hear anything.

One man says police told him Barges had been stabbed to death. “I see him mostly everyday. You know he always waved when he’d go by and you know I always waved back. He was real friendly. I couldn’t see that happening to him. He never bothered anybody,” said Willie Williams.

Family members call Barges a devoted and loving father. His ex-wife Angie Barges says their 10-year-old son Jake was “the light of Pete’s life.” She says relatives are saddened and shocked beyond belief that a member of their family was taken from them in such a way.

Barges was also active in the community. “It’s just a real deep sadness for me,” said the principal of Jake’s school.

Barges coached his son’s soccer team and intramural basketball team at Saint Pius X / Saint Leo School. Principal Joyce Gubbels says Barges went out of his way to help others. “Just know him as a real warm and friendly man, really caring about his son, you know wanting the best for him,” she said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Omaha police are asking anyone with information to make an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers. The number is 444-STOP or go to

Omaha Security, Inc. is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the person or persons responsible.


WANTED! Eswin Mejia for motor vehicle homicide- Omaha, NE

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OMAHA, Neb. —The Omaha Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old suspected in a fatal drunken driving crash.

Eswin Mejia hasn’t been seen since getting out of jail.

[Video: Man suspected in fatal drunken driving crash fails to enroll in a sobriety program]

Police said he was drunk when he crashed into a car on Jan. 31, killing Sarah Root, 21, who was stopped at a red light on 33rd and I streets. Root had just graduated from Bellevue University. Mejia’s blood alcohol level was 2.4 at the time, three times the legal limit, police said.

Root’s friends and family gathered to commemorate her last Sunday and were concerned that Mejia was allowed to post $5,000 bond.

“We would like to call attention to the fact we lay her to rest yesterday and find it very upsetting the cost of a bond proved less than the cost of a funeral,” Sarah Root’s father, Scott Root, said. “We can’t bring beautiful Sarah back, but continue to carry her in our hearts and to be her voice here, fighting for justice.”

A requirement of Mejia posting bond was that he enroll in a sobriety program, which investigators said he hasn’t done.

The Omaha Police Department and Crime Stoppers are asking for the community’s help in finding him.

All tips go through a process where the person supplying the information is given a code word and number, so he or she can’t be identified.

If a suspect/suspects are caught and charged, the tipster could be eligible for a cash reward. You can tip by calling 402-444-STOP, by texting ‘OPD’ and the message to 274637 or you can tip online:

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Family re-newing effort to find loved one’s killer


11:04 PM, Dec 1, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – Nearly 7 years and it still feels like yesterday for the family of Omaha murder victim Peter Barges. He was beaten to death on a cold January night back in 2009.

Investigators believe two men were involved in the crime. Police arrested Armando Gomez for accessory to a felony, but police never caught the accused killer.

The Barges family are re-igniting their effort to get justice

“It’s been hard for our whole family,” said Peter Barges’ brother Michael Barges.

Both Michael and Peter’s dad reflected on that tragic day almost 7 years ago.

“It was one of those things where you just instantly in shock and you don’t believe it,” said Michael Barges. “I was mostly confused about what could have transpired that would have brought this about,” said Peter’s father Martin Barges.

For Michael Barges, 7 years of memories without his only sibling, “There doesn’t go a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think about him so it’s a frustrating thing.”

Investigators found 39-year-old Peter Barges dead on is driveway near 71st and Lake Streets on January 22, 2009. There is a warrant out to arrest Rafael Jiminez for murder, but has long gone. The family believes Jiminez fled to Mexico after killing their loved one. Barges had one son, 10 years old sat the time, he’s now 17.

“We know who did it, they’re gone and we can’t get him back,” said Michael Barges.

“I find it hard to believe that nobody can do anything at all,” said Martin Barges.

The family is hoping any new immigration laws will speed up the process to find justice and bring closure to this lingering situation.

“It’s been frustrating knowing that we know who did it, that our government knows who did it, law enforcement knows who did it and we still can’t get him back from Mexico,” said Michael Barges.

The Barges say probably the only way now to turn up the pressure to find the killer is to have our elected officials do something about this.

Omaha police are still rewarding anyone with information on this case, $25,000. Their number is 402-444-STOP.

21-year-old arrested in slaying of Omaha man

Omaha police have announced an arrest in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found in a driveway last week.

January 30, 2009 12:00 am • The Associated Press

OMAHA — Omaha police have announced an arrest in connection with the slaying of a man whose body was found in a driveway last week.

Police said Friday that 21-year-old Armando Gomez was taken into custody. He’s believed to have been an accessory in the death of 39-year-old Peter Barges.


Barges’ 10-year-old son found his father’s body lying in the driveway of his north-central Omaha home Jan. 22. The boy called his mother, who notified police.

No other arrests have been reported.

Hundreds Turn Out to Benefit Murder Victim’s Family

Meghan Youker

BELLEVUE (KPTM) — A devoted and loving father found dead last month in his own driveway. Now hundreds of people who knew Peter Barges, and many who didn’t, come together to honor his memory.

A plate of great food Friday night for a great cause. “It’s definitely the right thing to do,” said one diner. “You just feel for the family,” said another.

Hundreds turned out to support relatives of 39-year-old Peter Barges. “It’s really overwhelming how many people have come forward and just wanted to help. People that knew Pete. People that didn’t know Pete,” said Peter’s older brother Mike Barges.

Bread, bracelets and baskets, just a few of the items to benefit Barges’ son, a 10 year old who heard the scuffle outside his dad’s house near 71st and Lake. “Jake was his whole life. He’d come home from school and he’d help him with his homework and cook him dinner and get him to bed,” Mike Barges said.

Friends and relatives say Pete had no enemies, which makes coping with what happened to him that much more difficult. “He was such a positive person and so you know so loving. Such an awesome dad and it’s hard to understand,” said close friend Heather Tedesco.

Police have arrested Armando Gomez in connection with the case. Investigators believe Gomez drove the murder suspect to Texas.

But that is far from closure for the people who loved the Barges the most. “His son needs that. I think everybody needs that. Because it’s such a terrible tragedy,” Tedesco said. “I’m not going to forget and there’s a lot of people that aren’t going to forget,” Mike Barges said.

Police aren’t releasing any new information in the case, but relatives say they’re being told the investigation is “moving in a positive direction.”

A ten thousand dollar reward is still being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Just make a tip with Crime Stoppers. The number is 444-STOP.

If you’d still like to help the Barges family, donations can be made at any First National Bank. Friends are also in the process of putting together a website.

And there’s also a new way to shop online and assist the family. People can purchase items from places like Best Buy or Omaha Steaks, and a percentage of the purchase benefits the memorial fund. For details, log onto

Suspect Arrested in Connection With Barges Murder

Posted: Jan 30, 2009 10:53 AM CST Updated: Feb 04, 2009 10:41 AM CST

Armando Gomez

Armando Gomez

OMAHA (KPTM) – A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a midtown man.

Omaha police say 21-year-old Armando J. Gomez was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a felony in connection with the death of 39-year-old Peter Barges.

Barges’ 10-year-old son found his father’s body lying in the driveway of his north-central Omaha home Jan. 22. The boy called his mother, who notified police.

No other arrests have been reported.

Police say they are still investigating Barges’ death.

Arrest Warrant Issued in Omaha Man’s Murder


Updated: Sun 10:07 PM, Mar 01, 2009

A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of 36-year-old Rafael Jiminez for the murder of 39-year-old Peter Barges in late January.

Rafael Jiminez

Rafael Jiminez

Barges was found dead in the driveway of his home near 71st and Lake. His 10-year-old son was inside the home at the time.

Earlier, Homicide detectives arrested 21-year-old Armando Gomez for Accessory to a Felony. Gomez was booked into the Douglas County Department of Corrections.

Police still have not said just how Barges died or what the motive was. But those who knew and loved him are finding some peace in this latest development.

“We’re relieved, says cousin Nate Barges. “The family is very relieved and excited. Our fingers were crossed.”

The news of an arrest warrant is tempered by the reality that the prime suspect, Rafael Jiminez, likely fled the state. “So we just hope that somebody, US Marshals or whoever will catch up with him as soon as possible.”

A wreath which reads “In Loving Memory” lies a few feet from the driveway where Barges was found dead in the early morning hours of January 22nd.

His neighbor, Bart Howard, says he’s glad to hear a suspect has been named. “It’s a reassurance, you know that the police department is doing your job and finding the people that are behind this.”

The crime scene, Howard says, is still fresh in his mind.

“It’s hard to imagine what happened that night, and every time you drive by, it’s just a remembrance of Pete. He loved to spend a lot of time with his son. And now he’s not going to be able to cherish any of those moments anymore.”

Barges’ creativity and ingenuity are the things his cousin, Nate, will remember. “His smile. And just consideration of everybody. He’s the guy that always took everybody’s phone calls and tried to help you out, lead you in the right direction.”

He adds he’s “frustrated. It was just senseless. Very senseless. It’s just a sad loss. He was like a brother of mine, more than a cousin.”

Other family members Channel 6 spoke with said they’re happy about the arrest warrant; however, they won’t be truly satisfied until Jimenez is behind bars.

Anyone with information is asked to call Omaha Police at 402-444-7867.


Arrest Made in Murder Case


Twenty-one-year-old Armando Gomez has been booked as an accessory to a felony in connection with the murder of a heartland man.

Gomez was booked into the Douglas County Department of Corrections while police continue investigating the death of 39-year-old Peter Barges.

Mr. Barges was found dead in the driveway of his home at 71st and Lake early on the morning of Thursday, January 22. His young son reportedly heard a commotion and found his father on the ground.

Investigators have not elaborated on any possible connection between Gomez and Barges and they have not said if any other arrests are imminent.

The Barges family has been offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Police Say Progress Made In Murder Probe

Wed 4:40 PM, Jan 28, 2009

The murder of an Omaha man is almost one week old. While life in the Bowling Green Park neighborhood has, for the most part, gotten back to normal, police are making progress in the investigation.

Officers found the body of 39-year-old Pete Barges in the driveway of his home near 71st and Lake around 2 a.m. last Thursday.

Neighborhood residents say it’s a good one, a place where people look out for each other. Even though they feel safe, most are taking added precautions as police search for the killer.

Deann Settles is one of the newest residents, having lived in the area with her family for six months. Settles feels safe despite what happened a few hundred feet from her front door.

“I know most of my neighbors, we moved in the weekend of that big storm and everybody was out and about helping each other and it’s a very friendly community. I know all my neighbors around me.”

Barges’ neighbors feel confident someone will step forward with information and police say they are making progress in the investigation.

“We are working on all tips and all leads that we have gathered on that case, we’re just not coming out and saying too much about it, that we can preserve a lot of the evidence that we’ve gathered,” says Omaha Police Officer Jacob Bettin.

Making an arrest is only half the job. Police want to hand a solid case over to prosecutors so they can get a conviction.

In the meantime, Barges’ neighbors will continue to keep an eye out for each other like they’ve always done, even before the murder. “It seems very isolated, we don’t even get that much traffic through here so I’m hoping it’s an isolated incident,” says Settles.

That seems to be the consensus in the neighborhood, that Pete’s murder was a tragic, but isolated incident, one everybody wants solved quickly.

A reward of $10,000 is being offered by the Barges family for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer. Tips may be given to Omaha Police at 444-7867.

Reward Offered In Homicide

Updated: Sat 4:56 PM, Jan 24, 2009

While Omaha Police search for a suspect in the city’s latest homicide, the victim’s family, also looking for answers, is raising money for a reward fund.

Thirty-nine-year-old Pete Barges was killed early Thursday morning in his driveway near 71st and Lake. His 10-year-old son heard a commotion and called his mom, who told him to stay inside and lock the doors. By the time help arrived, Barges was dead.

The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information. If you know anything about what happened, contact police at 444-5656.

The Pete Barges Memorial Fund has been set up at any First National Bank branch to help support his son.

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