By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers
A Clovis man alleged to have harbored a teenage homicide suspect sought by police is now himself the target of a police search.
An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday for Ivan Vasquez, 48. He is charged with a felony count of harboring and/or aiding a felon. The maximum penalty is up to 18 months in prison.
Police records show Vasquez told police he let Albert Ramirez, 18, stay at his apartment for three days while police searched for Ramirez.
Ramirez is accused of killing Eladio Robledo on July 12. Ramirez was arrested July 15. He’s being held on $100,000 bond.
Vasquez said Ramirez told him Ramirez and his mother had been abused by the victim. He allowed the youth to stay at his home because he felt bad for him, according to a police report.
District Attorney Matt Chandler said investigators have not found any factual basis for Ramirez’s allegations of abuse at the hands of the victim.
Police and court records indicate a different pattern altogether, pointing to Ramirez as an aggressor.
Police interviewed Vasquez after a tip led police to Ramirez. Vasquez was released after questioning on July 15.
Reports indicate Clovis police could not locate Vasquez when they tried to arrest him Tuesday. A call to the police department seeking comment was not returned Wednesday.