Now with a number of victims capable of describe him, sketches of Ramirez had been everywhere in the information. When police ran a fingerprint present in the deserted stolen automotive described by the Romeros, it was a match for Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, a 25-year-old drifter from Texas with an extended rap sheet for medication, auto theft and different offenses.
“We all know who you are actually, and shortly everybody else will. There shall be no place you possibly can cover,” police advised reporters at a press convention.
The manhunt—lastly for a person with a flesh-and-blood face—was on.
The youthful James Romero, recalling how police got here again every week after he and his dad chased away the prowler and needed to know each little element about that night time, advised Los Angeles Journal in 2017 that he did not know what they had been so involved in at first.
“It was on the information,” he stated. “My mother and father stated a serial killer attacked a home right here in Mission Viejo. My mother stated, ‘They assume perhaps this is similar individual.’ That is after I came upon there was a serial killer referred to as the Evening Stalker.” James III stated they had been all “fairly freaked out,” not figuring out if the killer deliberate to return. “I believe my dad even introduced out a gun he used to maintain locked up.”
And when the Evening Stalker was noticed on Aug. 31, the terrified folks of Los Angeles weren’t about to let him go. Ramirez walked right into a comfort retailer in East L.A., not realizing his mug shot was on the entrance web page of the papers. As Philip Carlo relayed in his guide, he observed a gaggle of girls had been quietly muttering to one another about “el matador” (the killer), after which he dashed out of the shop, ran throughout the freeway and tried to carjack a lady.
A gaggle of bystanders took off after him and, after extra makes an attempt to steal a automotive failed, quickly caught up with him. And as soon as that they had him surrounded, they commenced beating Ramirez till the police arrived to arrest him.