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Arrest warrant issued in Durham homicide

Posted January 2, 2014 2:35 p.m. EST
Updated January 3, 2014 3:01 p.m. EST

Manuel Alejandro Lainez

— Durham County authorities on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of a local man in a homicide last month.

Saul Botello Abrimz, 31, was found shot to death inside a home at 212 Andrews Chapel Road – off of Leesville Road near Raleigh – on Dec. 11.

Manuel Alejandro Lainez, 37, is charged with first-degree murder in Abrimz's death, but he wasn't in custody Thursday.

Investigators previously misidentified Lainez as Alex Antonio Cruz Alvarado and said he was a person of interest in the case.

Lainez is also wanted in the theft of a white 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport with North Carolina license plate BMP-3978 and a red-and-black 2005 Honda CBR 100RR motorcycle with North Carolina license plate 5M9083. Both vehicles were stolen from Abrimz's home at the time of his death, and neither has been located, authorities said.

Lainez has lived at several different places in Durham, including 1707 Avondale Drive, a body shop at 826 E. Trinity Ave., 5314 Hadrian Drive, 4609 Tyne Drive and 421 Edward St. Authorities said he also might have fled to Conroe, Texas, or San Pedro, Honduras.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Durham Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200 or the Durham County Sheriff's Office tip line at 919-560-7151.