In May 7 Issue
A Russell Springs man wanted for murder surrendered to police in Tennessee last Friday afternoon, according to Trooper Billy Gregory with the Kentucky State Police.
Last Friday, state police in Columbia received a call from the Campbell County Sheriff's Department in neighboring Tennessee saying that they had Roberto De Jesus Gomez, the suspect in the recent stabbing death in Russell County, in custody.
Detective Jim Jeffries of the Campbell County Sheriff Department was walking into a local courthouse when a Hispanic male approached him and told him that he had been involved in a stabbing in Russell Springs, according to state police.
The Hispanic male turned out to be Gomez, according to authorities. Gomez was taken into custody and his identity was verified through physical description and interview, state police reported.
KSP Detective B.J. Burton, who was investigating the murder case, drove to Tennessee on Friday afternoon to pick up Gomez, who had waived extradition, state police said.
Gomez will be lodged in the Russell County Jail until he is formally charged with murder, according to authorities.
On April 26, county 911 dispatchers received a call about a man bleeding beside a trailer off of Cleveland Rd. in Russell Springs and sent an ambulance and Deputy Sheriff Lee Smith to investigate. Smith reported finding an apparent stabbing victim beside a trailer off Cleveland Road in the Cleveland Road Trailer Park.
Russell County Coroner Larry Skaggs pronounced 30-year-old Jorge Sanchez Gomez, of Russell Springs dead at 4:16 p.m. that day.
Skaggs said the victim suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper left torso, but autopsy results are still pending.
During the investigation, it was learned that the victim had been in an altercation with Gomez at that location. Gomez then fled the scene, state police said.
Deputy Lee Smith first assisted Kentucky State Police Detective B. J. Burton in questioning the crowd gathered at the scene, and then along with and Deputy Nick Bertram worked chasing down other individuals to question on April 26.
A state police press release late last week said Roberto De Jesus Gomez fled the scene and was taken to Wal-Mart in Somerset where he was dropped off. Gomez ended up in Campbell County, Tennessee, before turning himself in to police there.
Roberto Gomez has used the following alias in the past; Roberto De Jesus Lopez, Roberto De Jesus Gomez-Alvarez, Ernesto and Roberto De Jesus Alvarez. He is also known to some by his nickname "Pica Piedra."