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CrimeStoppers Offering $1,000 Reward for Murder Suspect Arrest

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CONNELL, Wash. - It's been a little over a week since a Connell murder suspect was last seen. 40-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez is wanted in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife's boyfriend last Thursday.

There are very few leads right now but the Connell Police Department is working diligently to find Hernandez. 

Chief Mike Kessler said the murder suspect actually goes by another name, as well: Juan Carlos Cortez-Lopez.

His car was found in Othello over the weekend along with the gun used in the murder, which was stashed in some bushes near his brother's house. His cell phone was also taken as evidence.

Hernandez was last seen in the Othello area the night of the murder.

A nationwide arrest warrant was issued Wednesday and U.S. Marshals are working with Connell Police to find him.

"Not necessarily to assist with the investigation, per se, but if Mr. Hernandez is out of the country or in another state, they have the resources to track him down, whereas we don't," Kessler said.

He said Hernandez does have family in Central Washington and friends in California but at this point authorities aren't sure where he is hiding.

The Tri-City Crimestoppers have posted a bulletin offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to his arrest.


CONNELL, Wash. -- Connell Police have confirmed the name of the victim in last night's fatal shooting. Police say Julio Cesar Hernandez shot and killed 30-year-old Saul Ramos Arrazate.

Police say Hernandez has not yet been found. He is considered armed and dangerous.


CONNELL, Wash. - Connell Police are still actively looking for 40-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez. Police say he is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife's new boyfriend last night in Connell.

Officers told us he was last seen in Othello. They also say his two daughters are now safe with their mother.

CONNELL, Wash. - Police in Connell along with Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for a man accused of killing another man in Connell Thursday night.

Police are looking for 40-year-old Julio Cesar Hernandez. He was last seen in a 1998 Black Ford Mustang with Washington License Plates 011UZQ. His last known location was in Electric City.

Police say he shot and killed his ex-wife's new boyfriend, a 30-year-old Hispanic man, at the Pioneer Park apartments on East Elm Street in Connell around 8:30pm Thursday then took his two daughters.

Deputies say he later dropped his daughters off in the Othello area. Police say Hernandez is considered armed and dangerous. If you see Hernandez or have any information, call 911.

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CONNELL, Wash. -- Franklin County Sheriff's Deputies say a shooting suspect is on the loose. 

Deputies say a man fatally shot someone in Connell at Pioneer Park Apartments on East Elm around 8:30pm, then took his two daughters.

Deputies then say he dropped his daughters off in the Othello area and believe he is heading back into Franklin County. 

We have no description of the suspect at this time. We'll update you as soon as we know more.