Seattle Police just sent out a release announcing a search for the suspect in a murder that occurred in a Rainier Avenue apartment this morning. The suspect, Valente Alvarez-Guerrero (pictured at left), was arrested last night for allegedly attacking his roommate. He was then released. Now he's suspected of returning to the apartment and killing that same roommate.
Earlier today, the Seattle Fire Department was called to an apartment building on the 7400 block of Rainier Ave., where they found a man who appeared to have died from homicidal trauma. They called the police, who say there is probable cause to arrest the victim's roommate, Alvarez-Guerrero, described as "a 40-year-old Hispanic male, 5'3", 160 lbs, brown eyes, and black/gray hair."
Alvarez-Guerrero was arrested for attacking his roommate the night before--apparently, they fought over the victim's propensity to bring women home--but was released without being booked into jail. Under state law, anyone arrested for domestic violence must be booked. As a result, the SPD says it will have the case reviewed by its Office of Professional Accountability, which provides civilian oversight of police conduct.
Says the release:
Alvarez-Guerrero is considered to be armed and dangerous and is believed to be driving a gray Mitsubishi pickup truck, (vehicle is listed as a Montero in records) Washington license plate number B28758H. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police immediately.