By Alexis Milan
Well-known businessman, Ruben Perez, was shot and killed late Thursday afternoon inside the compound of his sand and cement distribution center at the far end of Vernon Street near the George Price highway.
According to Inspector Alejandro Cowo, OC CIB Precinct One and Two, Perez was inside his place of business at 328 Vernon Street after 3:00 p.m. when two men on bicycles rode in. An argument started and a struggle later ensued at which point one of the men took out a gun and shot him once to the head.
Residents in the area say the men then fled on their bicycles but when they reached out on the street, one of them – believed to be a minor, turned back to search Perez’ body before leaving the scene. The men reportedly rode off in the direction of the George Price highway.
Police later arrived on the scene and placed Perez in the back of a police mobile where he was transported to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). Perez died at the KHMH while receiving treatment.
According to Cowo, Perez was the only person in the establishment at the time and police haven’t yet been able to determine if robbery or murder was the motive. He added, however, that police are following different leads.
By all accounts Perez was a quiet, hard-working business-owner so his cold blooded murder comes as a shock to many who knew him.