Suspect Abandoned his Vehicle in Santa Clara County
HOLLISTER—Authorities with the Hollister Police Department have identified a suspect the October homicide of 27-year-old Hollister resident Michael Cortez. 22-year-old Heriberto Onate Ramirez is now considered as their prime suspect in this case.
Back in October, Hollister Police responded to an early morning stabbing and accident that occurred on the 700 block of East Street. When Police arrived they found two adults. One who was suffering from multiple stab wounds and another who appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.
Both victims were treated at the scene by the Hollister Fire Department and American Medical Response (AMR). They were flown to bay area trauma centers for further treatment of their injuries. The victim of the stabbing succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities learned the identities of the two victims very quickly, 27-year-old Michael Cortez and 26-year old Eduardo Cadena, both of Hollister. Investigators had very little information on this case and wanted to interview the only surviving victim, Cadena, but he refused to cooperate with Police.
Hollister Gang Officer Matthew Weiss investigated this incident, and in the past few months was able to obtain evidence that led to Ramirez becoming their prime suspect. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ramirez. He was last seen driving a silver colored 2007 GMC Sierra.
On Wednesday, January 8, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office informed the Hollister Police Department that a vehicle matching the description of their homicide suspect’s was found abandoned in the area of Bolsa Road and Bloomfield Avenue outside of Gilroy.
“Heriberto Onate Ramirez also goes by the name ‘Beto'” Hollister Police Gang Officer Matthew Weiss said in a press release, “He is to be considered armed and dangerous.”
The truck had recent repairs that were consistent with the damage reported during the homicide. If anyone has further information about this incident is encouraged to call the Hollister Police Department at 1-831-636-4330. You may contact Officer Weiss directly at 1-831-636-4330 ext. 132.
The Californian: Hollister police locate vehicle associated with homicide