Kennewick police release sketch of stabbing suspect

December 31, 2013 

Officials believe a man resembling this sketch stabbed and killed another man on Christmas Eve.

— Kennewick police have released a sketch of the man believed to have stabbed another man to death on Christmas Eve.

Gerardo Villamar Jr., 23, died from stab wounds to his back at Trios Health. Two of his cousins also were injured in the attack.

The suspect is described as a 5-foot-10 Hispanic man in his early 20s with a light skin tone, thin athletic build and short black hair, according to police.

He was last seen wearing a black and white plaid zippered hooded sweatshirt with a fleece lining, baggy black pants, black “Vans” style shoes with a white sole, a thin gold necklace and a gold chain hanging from one belt loop to another on his right side, according to police.

He also may have an injury to the right side of his rib cage during the incident, police say. It’s possible he has replaced his clothing and shoes due to blood stains.

Police believe there is a strong possibility that the suspect lives in, has family in, or spends time in the residential area east of Washington Street between in the area of First to 10th avenues. He may be affiliated with a gang, police say.

One of the three relatives with Villamar at the time of the attack is a documented gang member, though Villamar was not.

The knives used in the stabbing were recovered from an east Kennewick backyard where the suspect was seen jumping a fence. Authorities have sent them to a state crime lab to be analyzed for DNA and fingerprints.

The cousins -- Erick J. Nieto, 23, Rafael Nieto, 24, and Jose A. Vazquez-Villanueva, 39 -- were arrested and booked into the Benton County Jail under suspicion of rioting.

Anyone with information on the stabbings or suspect should contact Crime Stoppers at 586-8477, 800-222-8477 or www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.

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