Sal­vado­ran na­tional held in stran­gling of woman

Po­lice say man is sus­pect in killing of an­other woman just one week be­fore

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Justin Fen­ton jfen­ton@balt­

A man from El Sal­vador who is in the coun­try il­le­gally has been charged with killing a woman in North­west Bal­ti­more and is con­sid­ered a sus­pect in an­other woman’s killing last week, po­lice said Fri­day.

Po­lice said of­fi­cers re­spond­ing to a call of a woman scream­ing early Thurs­day cut their head­lights and crept be­hind a home in the 3900 block of Dolfield Ave.

There, the of­fi­cers saw a man over the body of Ra­narda Wil­liams, 35.

He fled into a nearby garage but was caught and taken into cus­tody.

Wil­liams was taken to a hos­pi­tal, where she died. She had been stran­gled, po­lice said.

Col. Stan­ley Brand­ford said the sus­pect gave mul­ti­ple names, but af­ter con­sult­ing with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials, po­lice de­ter­mined that he was 21-year-old Elias Josael Jimenes Avardo.

Po­lice said he was in the coun­try il­le­gally, but they have lit­tle other in­for­ma­tion about his back­ground.

On Fri­day, Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment placed a de­tainer on Avardo.

Po­lice said Avardo is a sus­pect in the killing a week ear­lier of An­nquin­nette Dates, 48.

Dates was found stran­gled in the rear of a home in the 3700 block of Ban­croft Road on the morn­ing of Sept. 2, po­lice say.

Both women were be­lieved to be sex work­ers, po­lice said.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kevin Davis praised the pa­trol of­fi­cers who caught Avardo.

Davis said they were vet­er­ans of nine and 24 years, re­spec­tively, as­signed to the mid­night shift.

Davis said it was rare to come upon such a crime in progress.

“These pa­trol of­fi­cers took their jobs very se­ri­ously and put them­selves in a po­si­tion to make this ap­pre­hen­sion,” Davis said.

“If they didn’t make this ap­pre­hen­sion, we’d have a mur­der vic­tim, a who­dunit, an un­solved case.”

Brand­ford said po­lice have been reach- ing out to sex work­ers in North­west Bal­ti­more, and some said they had seen Avardo in the area.

“We al­ways tell [sex work­ers] to be care­ful — be care­ful who you walk off with, be care­ful who you get into a ve­hi­cle with,” Brand­ford said.

“We know that’s how they make a liv­ing some­times — it’s not ad­vis­able, but we al­ways want them to be care­ful.”

Po­lice said Avardo fre­quented the area around the Home De­pot on Reis­ter­stown Road.

“Right now we don’t know how long he’s been in the Bal­ti­more area,” Brand­ford said.

“The only thing we know about him is he hung around that par­tic­u­lar area.”

Fam­ily mem­bers have started fundrais­ing ef­forts to pay for a fu­neral for Dates.

A nephew, Sam Dates III, told The Bal­ti­more Sun that Dates was “very fam­ily-ori­ented.”

“The at­tack was sense­less,” he said. “And I hate some­body took joy in tak­ing some­body as car­ing as she was.”

At­tempts to reach rel­a­tives of Wil­liams were not suc­cess­ful.


Bal­ti­more po­lice an­nounce that they have charged Elias Josael Jimenes Avardo (pic­tured) in the death of a woman in North­west Bal­ti­more and are look­ing into a pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to an­other re­cent killing.

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