Greeley police still investigating April’s suspected road rage homicide
June 2, 2017
The suspect vehicle in what police say is a possible road rage homicide was described as a 1998-2002 Chevrolet S-10 (ZR2) pickup, tan or gold in color. The vehicle has black fender flares. Authorities are asking that anyone with information about the homicide or the suspect vehicle to contact Greeley police at (970) 350-9605 or (970) 350-9670.
Greeley police still are investigating the April death of a man they believe was killed in connection with a road-rage incident in southcentral Greeley.
Initially, police believed they were responding to a crash with injuries when they arrived about 11 a.m. April 25 near 3057 29th St. in Greeley. They found Alberto Ruiz Jr., 33, dead inside the pickup he'd been driving for the asphalt company for which he worked. As the investigation progressed, police determined Ruiz had been shot in the head before the truck crashed into a nearby retaining wall.
Witnesses told police they heard a pop or explosion before the crash. They also described a tan or gold 1998-2002 Chevrolet S-10 (ZR2) pickup with black fender flares speeding away from the scene. Police have been searching for that pickup ever since.
"We're still looking for that truck," Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said Friday. "We're still working leads."
In the wake of Ruiz's death, Tymkowych said the Greeley Police Department alerted other law enforcement agencies to look out for the vehicle, and said that alert had "gone more than statewide."
By the evening of April 25, Ruiz's friends and family set up a memorial with flowers, pictures and balloons on the retaining wall where the truck came to rest. In the days after his death, the site served as a gathering place for mourners.
Ruiz and his family lived in Greeley at the time of his death, but he was a native of San Elizario, Texas, a small town near El Paso. He graduated from San Elizario High School in the early 2000s.
At a May 5 news conference at the Greeley police headquarters, Ruiz's family spoke fondly of their lost loved one and implored anyone with information about his death to come forward.
"We're asking for help from the community," Art Ruiz, Alberto's brother, said that day. "If anybody knows any information, we urge you to contact the local authorities."