Accused killer surrenders to Washington police

Gabriel Enrique Mora-Ruiz

A man wanted on a murder charge in Puerto Rico walked into the Washington City Police station late Wednesday night and surrendered. Police report two men came to the police department around 8:37 p.m. asking to talk with an officer. One of the men told police that he was wanted for murder in Puerto Rico.

Police report they checked and discovered that there was an active warrant for Gabriel Enrique Mora-Ruiz, 18, Washington. Police obtained a copy of the warrant and then charged Mora-Ruiz with murder, two counts of attempted murder and a weapons charge. He was then taken to the Daviess County Jail where he was booked in and is being held without bond.

A request by The Washington Times Herald to the Washington Police Department for additional information concerning the crime and how Mora-Ruiz came to be in Washington received no response.

Media in Puerto Rico report Mora-Ruiz and another man are accused of shooting Christian Ortiz Acosta multiple times and killing him. He is also accused of wounding Kevin Santos Estrada. Puerto Rican police report the shooting happened just off of a highway in Las Loman, Puerto Rico on January 25 of this year.

Daviess County Sheriff Gary Allison said it is not unusual for someone who knows they are wanted to surrender to authorities.

Allison says Mora-Ruiz will remain at the Daviess County Jail until extradition proceedings are completed.

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