Crime of the week

POSTED: Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 6:37pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:36pm

Horizon City Homicide

EL PASO - Crime Stoppers of El Paso is assisting the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in identifying and locating the subjects responsible for murdering a man in Socorro on Thanksgiving Day, making this the Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week.”

Early Thursday morning, Nov. 25th, 2010, approximately 3:00 A.M., two men with handguns entered Sal’s Lounge located at 11400 Gateway East and attempted to commit a robbery. The subjects yelled in English, “This is a stickup, everybody on the ground.” At that time, bar patron Ralph Edward Tucker, 51, a truck driver from California, grabbed a bar stool and rush the subjects. One gunman fired four rounds, striking Tucker in the neck and killing him instantly. The other two shots struck the wall and the ceiling. Immediately after the shooting, the subjects fled the bar in an unknown vehicle.

The subjects were described as wearing black ski masks over their faces, black shirts, black pants and black gloves, which makes identifying them very difficult. Because the Murder occurred during the commission of a robbery, the gunmen are facing capital murder charges.

The Crimes Against Persons division of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with other local, state, and federal agencies that are assisting in this murder investigation.
If you have any information at all about the identity and location of these subjects, or about their getaway vehicle, please call Crime Stoppers of El Paso immediately at 566-TIPS(8477) or submit your tip online at You will remain anonymous and, if your tip leads to an arrest, you may earn a cash reward up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers of El Paso, Inc. is a private non-profit corporation that brings together the community, law enforcement and the media to solve crime.

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