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Thursday, 28 January 2016 06:45

Police: 'Essentially, there is no where for them to hide'

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UPDATE -- Jan. 29, 2016. Beloit police today announced the arrest of Hugo Martinez, 18, in connection with the shooting death Jan. 22, 2016 of 5-year-old Austin Ramos Jr.

Martinez had been identified as a fourth person of interest in Ramos Jr.'s death.  

Eric Salazar-Mota and Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza are currently are wanted and police say the face charges of homicide party to a crime.

A fourth man, Isaac W. Torres, was picked up by authorities in McHenry County, Illinois on an unrelated warrant of substantial battery. He is being returned to Rock County.

BELOIT -- A 24-year-old Beloit man has been detained in connection with the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy in Beloit last Friday, Beloit interim Police Chief David Zibolski announced Wednesday at a news conference.

(Complete coverage HERE. Social media coverage HERE. Video HERE.)

Isaac W. Torres was picked up by authorities in McHenry County, Illinois on an unrelated warrant of substantial battery. The charge is related to an incident that occurred at a Beloit Bar on Oct. 19, 2015. Beloit investigators have yet to speak with him. Torres was set to be extradited to Rock County last week.

Police also are seeking Eric Salazar-Mota, 21, and Sergio Ortiz-Raygoza, 23, who police believe no longer are in the area. Police said Salazar-Mota is wanted on felony warrants out of the Beloit Police Department including substantial battery, child abuse-intentionally causing harm and vehicle operator flee/elude an officer. He also is wanted on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to police.

Ortiz-Raygoza is wanted on a felony weapons warrant out of Winnebago County, according to police.

"Essentially, there is no where for them to hide,"  Zibolski said. "I would encourage them to turn themselves in to the police department. ... We won't stop looking for them until we find them."

All three are believed to have various gang ties, Zibolski said. The three persons of interest are believed to have ties with the La Raza gang.

Zibolski said Ramos Sr. is believed to have a past association with the Latin Kings although there is no indication that Ramos Sr. precipitated the shooting. Zibolski said he is not sure if Ramos Sr. is familiar with the persons of interest.

Ziblolski described the three men as "persons of interest," and that there could be additional subjects. Police also are looking for a vehicle believed to be related to the shooting, a red Chevy S10 Blazer or similar vehicle.

Austin Ramos Jr. was shot and killed about 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 near the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Shopiere Road in Beloit.

Ramos was a passenger in the car driven by his father, Austin Sr., when another vehicle pulled alongside and opened fire.

Ramos was shot in the abdomen and died a short time later at Beloit Memorial Hospital of "firearm-related trauma," the Rock County medical examiner's office concluded.

In October, Torres and three other men were charged with a battery where police said the group jumped two men outside a Beloit bar. One of the four, Jose Ortiz, was found later with a fatal gunshot wound, according to court records.

A tip line has been set up at 608-364-6865. Police also have posted photos and information about the persons of interest on the city's website, beloitwi.gov and on the department's Facebook page.

"We need people who know -- and there's people who know -- to come forward and work with us to put the case together and to put those responsible to justice," Zibolski said.

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