FBI Arrests 1987 Pasco Murder Suspect
PASCO, Wash. - Prosecutors consider a 1987 shooting in Pasco the worst loss of life in Franklin County history. Thursday, the Franklin County Prosecutor announced FBI agents have now arrested the second murder suspect, wanted for 19 years.
Police arriving on scene found five people shot to death. They were on the floor of what was then Medina's Auto Body Shop at 1101 E. A Street. There were two suspects in the case. But police only arrested one of them. The second fled to Mexico, and international policy prevented authorities from taking him into custody.
But just yesterday the FBI, in cooperation with Mexican authorities, arrested now 41-year-old Vincente Ruiz.
Ruiz had been hiding in the state of Colima, Mexico. Prosecutors said Mexico would not extradite United States suspects facing life sentences. Mexico changed its policy in last December, and prosecutors said that made it possible to pursue bringing Ruiz back to Washington.
"That was the unknown statement. We knew where he was at, but we couldn't get him back to the U.S. to face justice, because in this case, he's looking at a life sentence," said Franklin County Prosecutor, Steve Lowe.
Lowe anticipates it may be another six months to two years before Mexican authorities release Ruiz back to the United States.