Warrant issued for suspect in Abrimz murder
Last week, Durham County sheriff’s deputies sought Manuel Alejandro Lainez, 37, as a person of interest in the Dec. 11 murder of Saul Botello Abrimz.
On Thursday, however, they issued a warrant for Lainez’s arrest on a charge of first-degree murder.
Abrimz, 31, was found dead in a rented home on Andrews Chapel Road near the Wake County line.
Lainez remained at large late Thursday.
“We suspect the homicide was drug-related and that the two likely knew each other, but the extent of their relationship isn’t known,” said Deputy Paul Sherwin, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The suspect also is sought in the theft of a white 200 Mitsubishi Montero Sport with North Carolina license plate BMP3978 and a red and black 2005 Honda CBR 100RR motorcycle with North Carolina license plate 5M9083. The vehicles were stolen from the home on Andrews Chapel Road the day of the murder, investigators said, but did not belong to the victim.
Lainez has lived at several Durham locations, including 1707 Avondale Drive, 826 E. Trinity Ave., 5314 Hadrian Drive and 4609 Tyne Drive. Investigators said he may also have fled to Conroe, Texas, or San Pedro, Honduras.
Anyone with information about Lainez's whereabouts or the location(s) of the stolen vehicles is asked to call the Sheriff's Crime Tip Line at 919-560-7151 or Durham CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to felony arrests and callers never have to identify themselves.
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