Now with a number of victims in a position to describe him, sketches of Ramirez had been all around the information. When police ran a fingerprint present in the deserted stolen automobile described by the Romeros, it was a match for Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez, a 25-year-old drifter from Texas with an extended rap sheet for medicine, auto theft and different offenses.
“We all know who you at the moment are, and shortly everybody else will. There can be no place you possibly can conceal,” police informed reporters at a press convention.
The manhunt—lastly for a person with a flesh-and-blood face—was on.
The youthful James Romero, recalling how police got here again every week after he and his dad chased away the prowler and needed to know each little element about that night time, told Los Angeles Magazine in 2017 that he did not know what they had been so keen on at first.
“It was on the information,” he mentioned. “My dad and mom mentioned a serial killer attacked a home right here in Mission Viejo. My mother mentioned, ‘They suppose possibly this is identical individual.’ That is once I came upon there was a serial killer known as the Night time Stalker.” James III mentioned they had been all “fairly freaked out,” not figuring out if the killer deliberate to return. “I believe my dad even introduced out a gun he used to maintain locked up.”
And when the Night time Stalker was noticed on Aug. 31, the terrified folks of Los Angeles weren’t about to let him go. Ramirez walked right into a comfort retailer in East L.A., not realizing his mug shot was on the entrance web page of the papers. As Philip Carlo relayed in his e book, he observed a bunch of ladies had been quietly muttering to one another about “el matador” (the killer), after which he dashed out of the shop, ran throughout the freeway and tried to carjack a girl.
A bunch of bystanders took off after him and, after extra makes an attempt to steal a automobile failed, quickly caught up with him. And as soon as that they had him surrounded, they commenced beating Ramirez till the police arrived to arrest him.