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DA: Man ended argument with co-worker at Roslindale car lot by fatally shooting him, then he stole a car and fled to New York

Richard Lugo, 43, of Dorchester, was arraigned yesterday on murder, assault and battery and motor-vehicle theft charges for an incident last fall that left one of his co-workers dead and another injured, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

Lugo was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday, the DA's office says. Lugo was arrested last week in the Bronx.

The DA's office reports Lugo was a mechanic at One Stop Shop Auto Repair & Sales, 581 American Legion Highway in Roslindale. Around 2 p.m. on Oct. 31, he got into an argument with Casiano, who sold cars at the business. The argument became physical, at which point the other victim and a customer tried to intervene. According to the DA:

Rather than allow the feud to be broken up, Mr. Lugo produced a firearm and fired at the victims. Mr. Casiano was struck in the abdomen and died. The surviving victim was struck in the hand and fled to retrieve his phone from a vehicle. Mr. Lugo pointed the gun at him again and ordered him to get out of the vehicle or he was going to kill him, Assistant District Attorney Tara Burdman stated to the Court.

Lugo then jumped in another customer's car and drove away, the DA's office says, adding the car was later recovered in Hyde Park.

Innocent, etc.

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So they pretty clearly knew who did this from the get-go. Is this a fairly standard amount of time to track someone down and bring them in? Not critical here, just wondering how it really works vs. what we see on TV shows with detectives and marshals.

Glad the guy is in jail, presumably for a long while. Wonder if it was a legal firearm.

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Really...?

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It appears this suspect was picked up last week in the Bronx, so how is it you assume that the DA office has known from the get go?

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Maybe I'm reading this wrong? (and again, I am not trying to gotcha LEO here...)

If he killed a co-worker at work and shot a second guy who survived at the same incident, I assumed that the survivor and lots of other evidence (like this guy worked at the shop and then disappeared after the murder, etc...) would pretty clearly indicate he was the prime suspect?

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They knew who it was from the beginning. The warrant for his arrest on murder charges has been active since it happened. He fled so the police could not find him until he surfaced last week in New York.

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