Second suspect arrested in 2005 slaying, robbery

December 09, 2009

A second suspect in a 2005 Howard County homicide has been arrested and is awaiting extradition from Washington state. Alvaro Ramirez, 29, who was arrested Monday in Yakima County, faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, armed robbery and theft of Juan Miguel Gonzales, a 51-year-old West Friendship man who was found Oct. 19, 2005, fatally stabbed in his home in the 13000 block of Frederick Road. Joel Nunez Valles, 36, formerly of Columbia, was recently extradited from Mexico and charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault and armed robbery in Gonzales' death. Gonzales, also known as Abolina Avila, was found in his home. Ramirez, who was living near Yakima when he was arrested, is being held at a local detention center pending extradition.

- Don Markus

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