Two Baton Rouge men were arrested Thursday night in connection with a July shooting death and a string of armed robberies over the summer.
And the name of the man killed in the July 23 shooting surfaced for the first time on Friday after the announcement of the arrests. The alleged shooter was arrested almost a month after the incident.
Selvin Ruiz-Zuniga, 28, died on July 31 of gunshot wounds to the torso, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark.
Authorities say Ruiz-Zuniga was shot in the 8400 block of Bayou Fountain Avenue by 21-year-old Francisco Molina after an argument over a soccer game, according to a Sheriff’s Office affidavit.
Molina was arrested Aug. 18 on a count of first-degree murder and multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated damage to property, the report says.
Two men accused of being Molina’s accomplices in the killing were arrested Thursday after police carried out a search warrant at their residence.
Cesar Guerrero, 19, and Stephen Ponce, 22, both of the 16000 block of Norwick Avenue, were arrested by Baton Rouge police, who believe the two are responsible for multiple armed robberies at the restaurants La Frontera and La Patrona between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, said agency spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely. During questioning, detectives linked the men to the slaying of Ruiz-Zuniga, saying they helped in the commission of that crime.
According to two police affidavits, Guerrero provided a firearm used in the killing, and he and Ponce drove the shooter away to evade capture by law enforcement, knowing that the attack took place.
Guerrero faces three counts of principal to first-degree murder in Ruiz-Zuniga’s death, four counts of armed robbery and three counts of attempted first-degree murder in the robberies, in which he’s accused of shooting at restaurant employees, McKneely said.
Ponce faces three counts of principal to first-degree murder and four counts of armed robbery.
Guerrero, Ponce and Molina are being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.