Second man arrested in connection with ‘heinous’ Ruskin murder

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A second man was arrested Thursday in connection with a “heinous” Ruskin murder.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Carlos Almaraz-Barbosa, 26, of the United States Marshall’s Service in Houston, Texas, has been located.

The sheriff’s office said an 911 caller told dispatchers that on April 15 they saw what appeared to be a mannequin on fire in an open field behind a residential area on the 1100 block of Will Scarlett Avenue.

The Hillsborough County Fire Department extinguished the blazes and determined the person was a deceased.

Due to the severity of the burns, the body could not be identified, officials said.

In April, Sheriff Chad Chronister called the murder a “heinous crime.”

Officers said they arrested Christian Segura-Alvarez for his involvement in the May 5 crime.

Segura-Alvarez faces charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.

Almaraz-Barbosa is awaiting extradition to Hillsborough County. He is charged with second-degree murder, misuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence and grand theft auto.

“Our investigators have never stopped working on this brutal case,” Sheriff Chad Chronsiter said. “The detained callous will now be held accountable for their heinous acts. I know nothing can replace the life lost, but I hope the victim’s family finds peace knowing that everyone responsible is behind bars.”

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