BALTIMORE, MD (The Baltimore Sun) – 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.