Four suspects are now in custody in connection with the homicide of a 5-year-old Beloit boy.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 1 , 2016
Beloit, WI – On Monday, Beloit police announced that two suspects, Eric Salazar-Mota, 21, and Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza, 23, aka, “Checko” wanted in connection for the January 22 Austin Ramos Jr., 5, homicide in Beloit have been taken into custody by the FBI just outside of Wisconsin and are expected to be extradited to Rock County for processing in the homicide. A tip led to their arrest.
Last Thursday, Beloit police confirmed that Hugo Martinez, 18, of Beloit was taken into custody just hours after releasing his photo and information that connected him with the homicide of Ramos Jr. Martinez is facing a felony charged for party to a crime, according to Interim Beloit Chief of Police David B. Zibolski. Ramos Jr. was buried on Friday in Beloit.
Another suspect, Isaac William Torres, 24, was taken into custody last Tuesday in McHenry County, Illinois in connection with the Ramos Jr. homicide. Torres was wanted in Rock County, Wisconsin for a felony substantial battery charge and is expected to be extradited to Wisconsin.
The two other suspects, Mota and Raygoza were wanted as persons of interest in connection with the Ramos Jr.’s murder. Chief Zibolski during a prior press conference reported that Torres, Mota and Raygoza are known gang members and could be connected to another homicide in Beloit as well.
Mota and Raygoza were sought by federal and state authorities on felony warrants for flight to avoid prosecution. Raygoza was wanted in Rockford, Illinois for a felony weapons charge. Mota was wanted for a felony substantial battery charge, child abuse and fleeing a police officer, according to court records.
Chief Zibolski says a joint force composed of the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, ATF, McHenry County, IL and the Rock County Sheriff’s Office have been working with the Beloit Police Department to solve the Ramos Jr. homicide case.
Ramos Jr. was shot in the stomach by gunfire from the suspects while he was riding in the rear seat of Austin Ramos Sr., his father’s vehicle. Ramos Jr. later died at the Beloit Memorial Hospital.