JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man told police this week that he shot and killed another man, with police finding a black 9 mm Hi Point gun soon after the shooting, Jonesboro police said in a probable cause affidavit Friday.
Rosario Vela, 61, of Cash appeared in court Friday for a probable cause hearing on a homicide-murder-1st degree charge. Vela was arrested on suspicion of killing Gonzalo Mazariego Ramos, 49, on Fisher Street.
According to the probable cause affidavit, officers went to the 100 block of Fisher Street Wednesday morning after getting a call about suspicious activity.
Officers spoke with a passerby about the situation.
“A passerby noticed the front door to the residence was open. As the complainant looked closer, she noticed the victim laying in the doorway with blood around his head,” the affidavit noted. “When officers arrived, it appeared that the victim was shot and deceased.”
Witnesses also told police that they heard what appeared to be an argument with the victim and someone else, with one witness saying they heard gunshots around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
“Another witness advised that he observed a subject that he knew as Rosario or ‘Chayo’ leaving the residence in a white Lincoln passenger car after hearing the argument and then a loud noise,” Jonesboro police said.
Police later got a bench warrant for Vela’s arrest. Vela was found at an address on North Allis Street. According to the affidavit, Vela told police where the weapon was and that he committed the murder.
“Vela made an utterance at the time of his arrest that his gun was in the trunk of the vehicle. Upon searching the vehicle after securing a search warrant, a black 9 mm Hi Point was located,” the affidavit noted. “Vela was arrested and transported to the police department for a Mirandized interview. Vela admitted to shooting and killing the victim.”
On Thursday, Jonesboro police identified a man shot and killed Wednesday morning on Fisher Street.
Just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, according to the initial incident report, officers responded to the 100-block of North Fisher Street regarding a Hispanic male lying in an open doorway of a home.
When police arrived, they found 49-year-old Ramos dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
Four hours later, according to a social media post by the Jonesboro Police Department, officers arrested Rosario Vela, 61 of Cash, in connection with the shooting. Vela was also arrested on suspicion of possession of firearms by certain persons.
A $1 million bond was set for Vela, who will be arraigned Sept. 28 in circuit court.
Ramos’s body has been sent to the State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsy.
No motive has been released.
Vela has been in trouble with the law before, for a shooting that sent one person to the hospital back in November of 2018. Vela was sentenced to probation in that shooting, after pleading guilty to first-degree battery.