JONESBORO — A judge issued a $1 million bond Friday to a man police say fatally shot a Jonesboro resident in his home.
Officers were dispatched to a home Wednesday morning in the 100 block of North Fisher Street regarding a “Hispanic male laying in an open doorway,” a report read. A passerby saw Gonzalo Mazariego Ramos, 49, “with blood around his head.”
Witnesses told detectives that they heard Ramos arguing with someone. One witness heard gunshots at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday, the probable cause affidavit states.
Rosario Vela, 61, of Cash, known by a witness as “Chayo,” was seen leaving the residence in a white Lincoln passenger car after the argument and “a loud noise,” it read. Vela was arrested at 11:46 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of North Allis Street on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder.
A 9mm pistol was found in the trunk of Vela’s car during a warrant search. The suspect admitted to shooting the victim in an interview with police, the affidavit read.
Vela was out on several bonds and serving five years of felony probation at the time of the incident, court records show. He told District Court Judge Tommy Fowler on Friday that he’s on probation “because of these people,” implying a previous dispute with Ramos.
Last May, Vela was found guilty of first-degree battery for shooting a roommate during a dispute over rent payments, according to previous reporting. A November 2018 probable cause affidavit lists the victim of a first-degree battery as a man who is not Ramos.
Vela said he asked for law enforcement intervention on several occasions but to no avail.
“I want that on record, sir,” Vela said Friday.
The homicide of Ramos marks the seventh murder that JPD has investigated in 2020, with the last occurring nearly one week prior.
Fowler found probable cause to charge Vela with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons. His next court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Craighead County Courthouse, 511 S. Main St., Jonesboro.