April 23, 2024
Johnny Ramirez (L) and Edgar Navez. Cathedral Metropolis Police Division photographs

A 30-year-old man suspected within the 2020 homicide of a 24-year-old man in Cathedral Metropolis was behind bars Thursday whereas police remained looking out for a second suspect.

Johnny Ramirez of Escondido, and 31-year-old Edgar Navez of Desert Scorching Springs have been every charged with one felony rely of homicide with a sentence-enhancing allegation of utilizing a weapon throughout a felony, based on courtroom information. Ramirez pleaded not responsible to the cost Aug. 10 on the Larson Justice Middle in Indio.

Officers responded shortly earlier than 7 p.m. Nov. 23, 2020, to a report of a person down within the space of Avenida Del Yermo and Ramon Highway, based on Detective Sgt. Nate Hanley of the Cathedral Metropolis Police Division. Upon arrival, officers discovered Ricardo Gallardo of Cathedral Metropolis, an injured assault sufferer.

Gallardo was subsequently taken to the Desert Regional Medical Middle in Palm Springs, the place he subsequently succumbed to his accidents, Hanley stated. A murder investigation started and by August 2023, it was introduced to the Riverside County District Lawyer’s workplace.

“The Riverside County District Lawyer’s workplace filed the case with the Superior Courtroom of Riverside and two arrest warrants have been issued for the arrest of the suspects on this case,” Hanley wrote in a press release. “By way of the investigation, CCPD Detectives have been in a position to determine the 2 murder suspects as (Ramirez and Navez).”

In line with a declaration in help of an arrest warrant filed by Hanley, an worker working at a enterprise throughout the road from the altercation heard the commotion and instantly known as to examine on his father who was close by earlier than checking the cameras and seeing two suspects operating on Avenida Del Yermo, previous his enterprise, and towards Aliso Highway.

The worker then walked out to the road to see what occurred and noticed a bunch of individuals the place Gallardo was on the bottom, based on Hanley. He additionally noticed a black cellphone on the sidewalk in entrance of the enterprise the place the 2 suspects have been seen operating.

A further video was obtained from Palm Springs Pet Management, which caught the suspects chasing down, catching, and attacking Gallardo earlier than fleeing the scene, Hanley stated. A search warrant for the cellphone decided it belonged to Navez.

Within the cellular phone, officers discovered a video that allegedly confirmed Ramirez driving a automobile with Navez within the passenger seat eight minutes previous to the murder, based on Hanley. Different movies additionally allegedly confirmed Navez and Ramirez posing with handguns and flashing gang indicators.

Ramirez was discovered and arrested Aug. 8 in Escondido, in northern San Diego County, based on Hanley. Navez, who’s described as a 5-foot-10-inch man weighing 160 kilos with black hair and brown eyes, has a $1 million warrant for his arrest.

In line with inmate information, Ramirez was booked into the Southwest Detention Middle in Murrieta, the place he stays held on $1 million bail.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.