L.P.D. Searching For Suspect In Deadly Shooting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/11/08

L.P.D. Searching For Suspect In Deadly Shooting

No arrests, but Lubbock Police have identified a person of interest in a fatal shooting late Monday night in east Lubbock.  

Right now, they're looking for 19-year-old Ricky Pena III. Investigators want to question Pena, because they suspect he was at the scene when someone shot and killed 40-year-old Joshua Sarate.

Police found Sarate in the middle of East 36th Street just before midnight Monday. Witnesses helped them identify a suspect vehicle that left the scene, and late Tuesday morning, investigators identified Pena as someone they need to speak with.

"I don't know why they would do this to Josh. He was a real good person. I know he would never hurt anybody. Last night just freaked me out. It was crazy," family friend Marissa Ramos said. 

Ramos says she's known Sarate for the past four to five years, and would see him walking through her east Lubbock neighborhood frequently.

"Everybody would see him and say ‘hey, what's up Josh'," Ramos said. 

Tuesday morning, Ramos learned she would no longer see her friend walking through the neighborhood.

"I was just like, Josh? And it hurt. Why would somebody want to hurt Josh, why?" Ramos asked. 

"The victim and the suspect had some type of an altercation in the street. The victim was shot and the suspect drove away in the car," Lubbock Police Lt. Jon Caspell said. 

That's the information Lubbock Police had Tuesday afternoon, but they are looking for someone that may have more answers.

"There is a person of interest we would like to bring in for questioning in this case," Lt. Caspell said. 

That person of interest is 19-year-old Ricky Pena III. Pena has an outstanding warrant for an unrelated charge, but police believe he can provide crucial information in Sarate's death.

"We do consider this person armed and dangerous, so do not approach. Please call either 911, the police non-emergency line, or Crime Line, and let's see if we can't get some help finding this person," Caspell said. 

As police search for Pena, Ramos says she can't think of anyone who would want to hurt her friend Sarate.

"I never saw him have problems with people or anything like that. I thought he was a good guy, didn't have any problems with anybody or anything like that. He was always taking care, ‘oh you need something, you need this, oh you need some money for this.' He was real cool," Ramos said. 

Tuesday afternoon, Lubbock Police told us they had searched a suspect vehicle, but it did not turn up any leads so far.

So, if you can help police find Pena, give Crime Line a call at (806) 741-1000.

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