Angela Zuniga Wanted for Alleged Murder of 14 Year Old Boy Ricardo Ruiz is Salinas
Published by Junior Staff Writer on January 20, 2014
A Salinas woman was arrested this morning on suspicion of the gang-related stabbing death of a 14-year-old boy, but another suspect remains at-large, a police spokesman said. Leslie Denise Rico, 23, turned herself in at the Salinas Police Department at 10:37 a.m. after seeing her photo distributed by police in the May 17 stabbing of Ricardo Ruiz, Officer Miguel Cabrera said. Rico was arrested on suspicion of homicide, a street gang enhancement and attempted carjacking, Cabrera said.
Police are still searching for a second suspect in Ruiz’s slaying, Angela Zuniga, 21, a resident of King City, Cabrera said. Ruiz was stabbed in the neck after answering a question about his street gang affiliation allegedly posed by Zuniga, Cabrera said. “It’s a gang-related homicide,” he said. “The motive involved was a challenge about what his gang affiliation was.” The boy was transported by a citizen to a hospital and later died after his family decided to take him off life-support, Cabrera said. Police released photos of Rico and Zuniga after the fatal stabbing, Cabrera said. The two major street gangs operating in Salinas are the Surenos and Nortenos, Cabrera said.
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