A man wanted on suspicion of murder in the shooting of a family in northwest Fresno was caught in Texas on Saturday.
Lavale Vean, 21, was wanted in Fresno in connection with the shooting death of Roberto Ramos, 52, after he was killed and his wife, Irma Ramos, 52, and son Jacob Ramos, 20, were shot outside their home in the 5000 block of West Fir Avenue on Oct. 2.
The Red River Sun in Childress, southeast of Amarillo, reported that Vean was arrested Saturday afternoon hiding out in a Motel 6 in the city. Authorities attempted to pull over a car Friday night with Vean and two others inside, but the car sped off leading a high-speed chase through two counties that ended in Childress. Deshawn Grayes, 36, and Destiny Velez, 27 surrendered but Vean ran. Authorities searched overnight, using tracking dogs, until they found evidence Vean had checked into the motel.
Around 12:45 p.m. Saturday, The Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Rangers and the Childress Police Department K9 unit converged on the motel and Vean surrendered. He is being held on a bench warrant, murder charge and a felony warrant, according to The Red River Sun. Velez and Grayes were arrested on suspicion of evading arrest.
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Vean was already on probation for armed robbery and had additional warrants out of Madera for gun-related charges and Fresno for burglary charges. He also had ties to Las Vegas.
In a media statement made in October, Fresno police warned that Vean should be considered armed and dangerous.
Fresno police Sgt. Andre Benson said in October that the Ramos family was not involved in gangs or criminal activity and that the shooting, which occurred at 1 p.m., was “a violent attack on unsuspecting victims and displays a complete disregard for human life.”