Sheriff's investigators name suspect in Durham homicide

From staff reportsJanuary 2, 2014 

Editor's note: Based on information from the Durham County sheriff's office, the suspect's full name and age have been corrected from the original report.

Sheriff’s investigators have named a suspect in a homicide last month at a home on Andrews Chapel Road.

Authorities are looking for Manuel Alejandro Lainez, 37, who faces a charge of first-degree murder. Lainez is accused of shooting Saul Botello Abrimz, 31, to death on Dec. 11.

Investigators previously had named Lainez as a person of interest in the case. They identified him as Alex Antonio Cruz Alvarado but now think that name is wrong.

Lainez has lived at several Durham addresses, including 1707 Avondale Drive; 826 E. Trinity Ave.; 5314 Hadrian Drive, and 4609 Tyne Drive, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. He may have fled to Conroe, Texas, or San Pedro, Honduras.

Patrol deputies found Abrimz dead of multiple gunshot wounds on the evening of Dec. 11, and investigators said at the time that it appeared to be a drug-related slaying.

Lainez also is wanted in connection with the theft of a white 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport with N.C. license plate BMP3978, and a red and black 2005 Honda CBR 100RR motorcycle with N.C. license plate 5M9083. Both vehicles were reported stolen from 212 Andrews Chapel Road on Dec. 11 and have not been located.

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information about Lainez’s whereabouts to call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Sheriff's Crime Tip Line at 919-560-7151.

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