A judge denied bond today for a man accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy a day before the teen’s birthday in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last year.
Judge Israel Desierto issued the no bail ruling during a hearing today for Martin Ruiz, 24, formerly of the 4700 block of South Loomis Street, who was charged with murder in the death of Jaime Ruvalcaba near the boy’s home in the 1900 block of West 47th Street.
Ruiz was extradited from Los Angeles where authorities captured him earlier this month.
During the late afternoon hours of Aug. 21, 2012 -- the day before Jaime’s 16th birthday -- Ruiz had been standing on a sidewalk in the 4600 block of South Wolcott Avenue when he approached the boy and shot him multiple times.
Ruiz got into a Chrysler and fled but just prior to the shooting he was captured on surveillance footage exited the same car with a gun in his hand and rounding the corner to where the boy was shot.
The footage also showed Ruiz confronting a mother and son who were seated in a vehicle. He approached the car and pointed a gun at the young man’s head. When his mother pleaded for his life, Ruiz told the young man that this was his lucky day and he got back into the Chrysler.
Witnesses who were standing in front of their homes heard the gunshot and saw Ruiz run to the Chrysler while holding a gun and they jotted down the license plate number. Another witness who was with his 5-year-old daughter heard the shot and saw the victim fall to the ground as Ruiz walked away.
Police from the gang investigation unit recognized Ruiz in the video, found the registered owner of the car and found the car hours after the murder, which had Ruiz’ fingerprint on its door. Additionally, Ruiz’ cell phone records show him near that Wolcott Avenue address and then at his home shortly afterwords. Ruiz fled the state and but was located by Los Angeles police.
Several witnesses identified him once authorities got him back here.
Ruiz was arrested on April 5 during a traffic stop in Los Angeles, and information about the federal warrant for his arrest was unsealed after he appeared in court in Los Angeles.
The boy’s mother said, There's no words to explain it, I'm just ready to face this piece of shit and ask him, 'why my son?, He destroyed my family. He was a big kid, (The killer) was a coward, he had a gun in his hand. If he wanted to fight so bad why didn't he go toe to toe with my son with his fists"
Police told her that they believe her son was killed as a gang initiation.