Posted: Feb 14, 2013 1:03 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Feb 14, 2013 4:38 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The arrest affidavit for murder suspect Anthony Diaz alleges witnesses to the shooting of Juan Ramirez had dropped the victim off at the car wash to meet with the known gang member.
Early Monday morning, Juan Ramirez was shot multiple times and left for dead.
Police released surveillance video of two men seen at the car wash before the shooting in the hopes of identifying them. According to the arrest affidavit, police already had a good idea of who the suspected shooter was.
The witness, who we are not identifying by name, told police he dropped Juan Ramirez off at the car wash for a meeting, but stuck around with his son in order to "watch his back" because he had a "bad feeling."
The witness said Ramirez planned to meet with a Texas Syndicate gang member known as "Ant", who police have identified as Anthony Diaz. While the witness was watching from a distance, he alleges Diaz opened fire on Ramirez.
According to court documents, the shooter then got behind the wheel of a Pontiac Grand Am and fled the scene. The witness and his son followed the shooter until they were allegedly threatened with a gun. Both witnesses then returned to the car wash in order to help Ramirez.
The Medical Examiner says Ramirez had gunshot wounds to his upper back, right arm, chest, left leg and his left ear. Ramirez was rushed to the hospital where he died.
Officers later found five shells casings at the scene, including four that were in a trash can. A small plastic baggy containing a substance believed to be crystal meth was also found near the trash can.
Diaz was arrested by U.S. Marshals Wednesday during a traffic stop on Villa Drive near Up River Road. He's being held on a one million dollar bond for murder.
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