Officials have located a murder suspect sought for the slaying of a Pasco man who was gunned down in Burbank in 2010.
Victor Castro Aguilar is in custody at a detention facility in Stanislaus County in central California, according to John King, chief operations deputy for the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.
He is one of two men charged with first-degree murder for killing Jose Ramon Hernandez-Solis, 37. He was shot to death in a shop at 524 Basin Drive in Burbank.
Walla Walla officials were notified Friday of Aguilar’s incarceration. Apparently he was being detained in the Stanislaus County lockup -- in or near Modesto -- on an unrelated matter and was about to be released when it was discovered he was wanted in Walla Walla County, King said.
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Extradition proceedings are pending.
Other suspects in the case remain at large.
Aguilar, now 31, and co-defendant Luis “Chari” Reyna, believed to be in his 20s, are charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with first-degree murder in the Sept. 10, 2010, slaying.
Aguilar also faces a charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
According to officials, Hernandez-Solis, Reyna and Aguilar were among those attending an early-morning party that had begun several hours earlier.
Two men left the party after seeing Reyna in possession of a gun, according to a Sheriff’s Office report filed in court.
One of the men told deputies he went outside to lie down in Hernandez-Solis’ truck and later was awakened by three gunshots.
From the truck, the man allegedly saw Reyna and possibly Aguilar run from the shop, get into Reyna’s Jeep Grand Cherokee and back down the driveway. Reyna’s girlfriend, Narianna “Vanessa” Mendoza Camacho, then 17, also is believed to have been in the Jeep.
The witness then went into the shop, saw the victim’s body and ultimately walked away.
Camacho was charged in the Superior Court’s Juvenile Department with first-degree rendering criminal assistance and a warrant also was issued for her arrest.
An autopsy revealed that Hernandez-Solis died after suffering two gunshot wounds -- one to the left side of his neck and one to his left clavicle.
A warrant was issued a month after the killing for the arrest of “Victor ’Guajolote’ John Doe” because Aguilar’s complete, correct name wasn’t known at the time.
Last year, the Washington State Crime Lab established Aguilar’s identity through a match of DNA evidence found at the scene of the homicide.
His DNA profile apparently had been obtained in 2012 when he was arrested -- then released -- for an unrelated matter in California.
The Walla Walla arrest warrant wasn’t served on him at the time because local officials still did not know his complete identity.