County hopes charges will help with arrest of murder suspect


The U.S. Marshal’s Office has tracked a man wanted for murder in Aberdeen to Mexico and the Grays Harbor Prosecutor’s Office formally filed charges against him in Grays Harbor Superior Court with hope that, when the man is eventually caught, he’ll be extradited back to the county.

Erick Ambrocio-Monzon was charged with murder in the second degree and manslaughter in the first degree in May for a case that stems back to 2012.

Interim Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda says that charges had originally been filed in District Court years ago, but were filed again in Superior Court so that the Marshal’s Office can use the charges to arrest the man.

“He’s been spotted and there have been leads as to his whereabouts, but as of today he’s still free,” Svoboda said on Monday. “Let’s hope they get him.”

Ambrocio-Monzon, also known as “El Grande,” is accused of fatally stabbing 39-year-old Alberto Guerrero Garcia on Feb. 11, 2012, at Jefferson Street in Aberdeen, leaving the victim to die in a pool of his own blood, according to court filings. Garcia also went by the name of Raymundo S. Navarrete.

In a 2012 Daily World story, investigators described Ambrocio-Monzon as an on-again, off-again agricultural worker with some ties to the community. Garcia apparently moved to Aberdeen just nine months prior to his death and lived near where he was found. He left an ex-wife and children living in the Shelton area.

Aberdeen officers found a belt, knife blade and two areas of blood a short distance from where Garcia had been found, as well as a black plastic handle of what appeared to be a knife. Witnesses told police that the two had gotten into a fight, with the victim allegedly swinging a belt at Ambrocio-Monzon, who allegedly retaliated with his knife. Officers also found a witness, who related that Ambrocio-Monzon had been given a ride to Hood River, Ore., the same day as the stabbing.

“The Aberdeen Police Department has received periodic information that the defendant has fled to Mexico,” Svoboda says in the new charging documents. “The U.S. Marshal’s Service has possible informattion on the defendant’s whereabouts. In order to fectuate his arrest, the state must seek a provisional warrant from the Mexican government. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has recommended that re-filing this matter with a superior court warrant will facilitate the issuance of such a warrant.”

If Ambrocio-Monzon is ever caught, Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey has already set bail at $250,000.

 

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