Sketch of possible Christmas Eve killer

Sketch of possible Christmas Eve killer
KENNEWICK POLICE NEWS RELEASE 12/30 -- The Kennewick Police Department continues to investigate the homicide that occurred at 11:50pm on Christmas Eve in East Kennewick. With the assistance of a sketch artist from an outside agency, a composite drawing was developed of the suspect who committed the fatal stabbing.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, early 20s, light skin tone, 5'10" tall, thin athletic build, short black hair. He was last seen wearing a black and white plaid zippered hooded sweatshirt with a fleece lining, baggy black pants, black “Vans” style shoes with a white sole, a thin gold necklace, and a gold chain hanging from one belt loop to another on his right side.

There is a strong possibility that the suspect lives in, has family in, or frequents the residential area East of Washington St. in the area of 1st to 10th Ave. The suspect may have gang affiliations. He may have incurred an injury to the right side of his rib cage during the incident. He may have replaced his clothing and shoes after the incident due to possible blood stains.

We have also included pictures of two knives recovered near the scene, believed to have been used by the suspect. The knives are unique. If you have seen someone with these knives recently, please call Kennewick Police.

KENNEWICK POLICE DEPT. NEWS RELEASE -- A canvas of the last area that the suspect was seen fleeing with the police K9 turned up two knives coated with blood that are believed to be the murder weapons.

Just after noon Thursday, the police K9 located the two knives in the back yard of a residence in the 200 block of E 2nd Ave. This is consistent with a witness account of where the suspect was seen fleeing through a back yard and over a fence.

Based on witness accounts, the suspect is described as a Hispanic male, light skin tone, 5'10" to 5'11" tall, thin athletic build, short black hair that cut short on the sides and longer on top. He was last seen wearing a plaid sweatshirt, white shoes, and possibly a ball cap.
I have attached photographs of the two knives that are believed to have been used in the homicide. They will be packaged and sent to the Washington State Crime Lab for fingerprint and DNA analysis.
The knives are unique. If anyone knows of a person who has been seen with these knives recently, please call Kennewick Police.

EARLIER THURSDAY NEWS RELEASE -- The investigation so far has led Investigators to believe that this crime may be gang related.

The Kennewick Police Investigators are still actively looking for a 5th man involved in the homicide death of Gerardo Villamar late Christmas Eve.

All three subjects booked for Rioting that were identified in Wednesday's press release were involved in the fight that resulted in the death of Villamar but were also fighting alongside of Villamar.
There is a suspect that was armed with a knife that fled the scene on foot. At this point he has not been identified. Investigators believe that this suspect may be gang affiliated but not necessarily a rival gang member.

Both vehicles that Investigators were looking for have been identified and located. The vehicle that transported Villamar to Trios ER was impounded for a future search warrant to recover any potential evidence.

An autopsy for Villamar is scheduled Thursday at the Benton County Coroner's Office.

PREVIOUS NEWS RELEASE -- At 11:52 PM Tuesday, a resident in the 300 block of E. 2nd called non-emergency dispatch to advise that several males were yelling at each other in the street. The resident heard a bottle break and saw two males running. At 11:58 PM , Trios ER called 911 to report that two stab wound victims had just arrived. The males were identified as Gerardo Villamar, 23 of Kennewick and Erick J. Nieto, 23 of Kennewick. Gerardo Villamar had numerous stab wounds to his upper back.

Doctors were unable to stabilize Gerardo Villamar and he died as a result of his injuries. Erick Nieto had two non-life threatening stab wounds to his upper left arm and right hand. He was treated and later released from the hospital. Rafael Nieto, 24 of Kennewick was contacted walking away from the ER. He was detained for questioning and said that a fight occurred in the street near 2nd & Beech St. At 12:30 AM, a third stab wound victim walked into Trios. This male was identified as Jose A. Vazquez-Villanueva, 39 of Kennewick; he had two stab wounds to his upper right arm. The wounds were found to be non-life threatening and was treated and released from the hospital.

Erick Nieto-23, Rafael Nieto-24 and Jose Vazquez-Villanueva-39 were eventually transported and booked for Rioting. Erick Nieto also has an outstanding felony warrant and Rafael Nieto also had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. Criminal Investigation Division Detectives worked through the night with interviews and crime scene processing. The investigation continues this morning. There is at least one more subject outstanding that may be involved in this incident, if anyone has information on this investigation contact Crime Stoppers at 586-8477 or the Kennewick Police Department at 628-0333.