Three Juvenile Suspects behind Five Twelve Homicide Arrested
By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
August 20, 2019

Stafford VA. Three juvenile suspects were arrested last night by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the homicide that occurred last month at the 5 Twelve convenience store in the northern end of the county.

On July 3, 2019, at approximately 10:15 p.m., deputies responded to the 5 Twelve located at 1075 Garrisonville Road after a 911 caller reported that two people were shot in the parking lot of the business. Upon arrival, deputies found two unresponsive subjects in the parking lot with apparent gunshot wounds to the upper body.

The female victim was identified as Laura Guadalupe Gomez-De La Cruz, 18, of Stafford County. She was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. She is alive, but remains hospitalized.

The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was later identified as Troy Barnett, Jr., 20, of Stafford County.

On the evening of August 19, 2019, a 15-year-old male subject and two 17-year-old male subjects were taken into custody by the Stafford Sheriff’s Office and held at the Juvenile Detention Center. All three subjects are students at North Stafford High School.

The suspects are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding, and two counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

During the five-week long investigation, detectives executed over 50 search warrants related to the case. Yesterday, four search warrants for residences in North Stafford were executed. Evidence was seized including drugs, firearms, and vehicles.

The incident remains under active investigation. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Lt. Cameron at (540) 658-4711.