Murder suspect found in Texas, turns self in

July 24, 2012 • Local News

Around 11:56 a.m. on Sunday, Israel Vigil’s father called the Midland, Texas, Police Department and stated his son would turn himself in. Vigil, 18, was wanted for an open count of murder for the July 6 shooting death of Arnulfo Villela, aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Villela, 18, was shot several times outside a residence at 826 E. Hendricks St. The 63-page-long affidavit for arrest warrant describes a confusing affair with people in the [auth] neighborhood who said they heard between 5 and 15 shots fired. Two vehicles, a house and a mail box were also damaged by the gun fire. The affidavit also notes a trail of blood from the mail box to the location where the Roswell Police Department found Villela deceased.

The affidavit states investigators located shell casings from three different kinds of firearms outside the Hendricks Street residence.

Detectives spoke with Vigil in connection with the case on July 8. He was subsequently arrested on a probation violation unrelated to the shooting incident. He was released from the Chaves County Detention Center on July 12 by his probation officer.

When RPD secured arrest warrants for Vigil, Joseph Lucero, 17, and Harvey Salinas, 17, on Thursday, RPD spokeswoman Sabrina Morales said it was believed Vigil was in Texas. Lucero was apprehended on charges of one open count of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in Roswell the same day the warrants were issued.

Salinas also faces charges for one open count of murder and unlawful possession of a handgun. Salinas is believed to be in the Las Cruces area. Salinas is described as 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighing 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Vigil turned himself in to the police Sunday afternoon and was arrested without incident. He is currently being held in Midland County Jail and will be extradited to New Mexico at a later date. His bond is set for $1,000,000.

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