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* Ellis Ross Arrested in Pennsylvania for Alleged Murder of Marico Whitemon in Vallejo, California

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A 24-year-old Vallejo man has been arrested in western Pennsylvania in connection with a homicide in Vallejo on Feb. 6. Sheriff William Mullen of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania said Ellis Ross was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in Wilkinsburg, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, on Friday for disregarding traffic signs and running stop signs. Mullen said that when deputies asked the driver, 44-year-old Ronald Lewis of Wilkinsburg, for his driver’s license Lewis said he didn’t have one. He said that when deputies questioned Ross, he said, “I have some marijuana on me” and when Ross stepped out of the vehicle to be searched a large amount of marijuana fell out from underneath his jacket. Mullen said that when the deputies checked to see if there were any warrants for the two men, they discovered that Ross is wanted for allegedly fatally shooting 36-year-old Marico Whitemon of Vallejo outside Parkway Liquor store at 1601 Lewis Brown Road about 12:52 a.m. on Feb. 6. The deputies also determined that there was a warrant for Lewis for the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to Mullen. Vallejo police say a video of the Parkway Liquor store incident shows two suspects shopping at the store and then encountering Whitemon outside. Police said a black male suspect in his late teens to his mid-20s and between 5-foot-6 to 5-foot 10 with medium build drew a handgun from his waistband and fired at Whitemon several times and then continued to fire most shots as he fled toward his car, which was parked nearby. Both suspects then fled in what appeared to be an early 1990s Honda Accord or similar car, according to Vallejo police. A second suspect, described as a white or Hispanic male in his late teens to mid-20s, fled with the alleged shooter, police said. Ross is a black male. Mullen said Ross will be charged with distribution of a controlled substance and being a fugitive from justice and Lewis will be charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive, fleeing and eluding, distribution of a controlled substance, false reports to law enforcement and numerous motor vehicle violations.

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