Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett and Lawrence Police Chief Roy Vasque announce an arrest in the murder of Lawrence Department of Public Works employee Marcos “Tony” Antonio Ruiz.
Ariel Toribio, 20, of Lawrence was arrested and charged with murder Friday at the Lawrence courthouse by Lawrence Police and State Police assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.
Mr. Ruiz, 52, of Methuen, was shot and killed as he filled potholes for the city at the intersection of Andover and Clifton streets on January 15. Investigators do not believe Ruiz was the intended target of the shooting.
Mr. Toribio will be arraigned Monday in Lawrence Superior Court. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The family of Mr. Ruiz has asked for privacy at this time and has respectfully asked no media contact them or visit their residence. They have no comment.