Pasco man still in jail for allegedly firing shots at vehicle

By The Tri-City HeraldMarch 7, 2014 

A Pasco man remains behind bars on $50,000 bail for allegedly firing shots at a passing vehicle as he sat in the driver's seat of a minivan.

Moises Ramirez, 19, faces trial April 23 in Franklin County Superior Court on one count of drive-by shooting.

He has pleaded innocent to the felony charge.

According to court documents, Edgar J. Ruelas turned north onto Seventh Avenue from westbound Sylvester Street when he noticed a brown minivan stopped at the intersection.

Ruelas, 21, told Pasco officers that as he was passing the van, he saw the driver point a gun out the window at him and fire two to three shots, documents said.

The victim continued driving, finally stopping his car in the 1100 block of North Seventh Avenue to get out and check it, finding a bullet hole in the door. The shooting happened about 5:40 p.m. July 31.

Two hours later, Ruelas again contacted emergency dispatchers and asked to have an officer meet with him at Fifth Avenue and West Court Street.

Ruelas said he'd been driving with a relative north on Fifth Avenue when he noticed the suspect's van on West Agate Street, court documents said. His relative reportedly recognized the two men with the van and gave their nicknames to police.

The following day, detectives discovered that Ramirez had been contacted last March at that home. The detectives then picked up Ruelas and drove him by that house to confirm if the Pontiac van was the same one used in the drive-by shooting. Ruelas also was asked to look at a photo lineup and he pointed to Ramirez as the alleged shooter, documents said.

At 4:33 p.m. Aug. 1, detectives served a search warrant on the Agate Street home and the van, but couldn't locate Ramirez or the gun.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers offered a cash reward for information on his whereabouts last August. He has been in the Franklin County jail since Feb. 18.

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