A man who had been deported to Mexico last year faces two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of his girlfriend and her young son in Washington state.
On July 2, firefighters and police found the bodies of Maria Cruiz-Calvillo, 18, and her son, Luis Lopez-Cruz, in a car that had been set on fire in a ravine in the town of Connell, Wash. They both had been shot according to authorities. Luis reportedly would have celebrated his fourth birthday today and may have still been alive when the car burst into flames, according to an initial assessment by the coroner.
Earlier this week, the suspect in the double murder of the young mother who he reportedly recently began dating and her child appeared for an arraignment in Franklin County Superior Court in Pasco. Bail was set at $1 million.
“Prosecutors say [the suspect] was deported in 2014 and got back into the country illegally…Authorities booked [him] for two counts of first-degree murder after determining he was seen with the victims shortly before they were killed and that he was unaccounted for when they died,” the Tri-County Herald reported. “Prosecutors said in court Monday that [he] could possibly be charged with aggravated first-degree murder, which carries an automatic sentence of life in prison if convicted.”
Cops arrested the man about a mile from where they located the bodies of the victims. The family of the victims apparently believe the crime was motivated by jealousy. The suspect, identified by multiple new outlets as Prudencio Juan Fragos-Ramirez, 25, reportedly has convictions for DUI and driving while suspended on his rap sheet.
“[The suspect] was last seen by a neighbor after Cruiz-Calvillo and Lopez-Cruz arrived at his house in Pasco, a small town in central Washington. The three drove away in Cruiz-Calvillo’s car, which was found ablaze 30 minutes later in a ravine, according to court documents,” The Daily Caller explained.
Separately, a six-time deported illegal immigrant faces DUI-related charges in connection with a July 4 near head-on collision in the Phoenix, Arizona, area that nearly killed a mother and her two young children.
In a case that has made national headlines and raised serious questions about the so-called sanctuary city policy, a five-time deported illegal alien from Mexico has admitted that he fatally shot Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, 32, as she was walking on Pier 14 of the San Francisco Embarcadero waterfront on July 1, but has claimed it was an accident.
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