Police arrest shooting suspect

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

A tip from a citizen led to the arrest of a Clovis teen who police say shot and killed his mother’s boyfriend Thursday, police said.

Albert Ramirez, 18, was arrested without incident at 713 W. 13th St. around 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a press release from Clovis police said.

He is accused of shooting Eladio Rubledo, 39, multiple times in the front yard of 512 W. 6th St., a residence Rubledo shared with Ramirez’ mother Debra Ramirez.

Ramirez is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond, court records show.

Ramirez told police she was in the house and heard shots. When she looked outside, she saw her son running away carrying a handgun, an arrest affidavit filed in district court Monday said.

A neighbor across the street told investigators he heard three popping noises and went houtside where he saw Robledo laying on the sidewalk “covering his head with his hands and yelling,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit said the witness saw Ramirez standing over Robledo with his hands outstretched toward the victim as if he was holding a gun and then two more shots were fired.

The man told police he went to call 911 and when he returned, Ramirez was gone. He tried to help Robledo, who was bleeding from the head and unresponsive, the affidavit said.

Robledo was pronounced dead at the hospital, the affidavit said.

Debra Ramirez told police her son made death threats against her and her boyfriend before, according to the affidavit.

June 22, about three weeks before the shooting, Albert Ramirez was placed on six months probation for smashing the windshield of Robledo’s car March 31.

Ramirez admitted smashing the window out of anger, a police report said.

A judge ordered him to attend the next available session of the Alternative Sentencing Programs and Educational Networks program, or ASPEN. Court records do not indicate if he had yet completed the program.

In a separate police report filed June 19, Debra Ramirez called police and told them her son smashed the front window of her home because she wouldn’t let him in the house.

She said Ramirez was banging on the door and she didn’t let him in because she was afraid he would hurt her, the report said.

Ramirez was not charged in the second incident, according to court records.

Calls to Debra Ramirez seeking comment were not returned Monday.