Police: York City killer fired at driver from back seat

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

York City homicide victim Edwin Pacheco-Ruiz was flagged down by his alleged killer while driving through the city's east end moments before being mortally wounded, charging documents reveal.

Willie C. Peterson, known as "Homer," got into the back seat of the car and told Pacheco-Ruiz, "I got five and I am going to hit," documents state.

Willie "Homer" Peterson

Charging documents don't translate that phrase, but it appears to be a shooting reference, as in, "I have five bullets."

Pacheco-Ruiz, who knew his alleged killer, kept saying, "Homer ... don't do this, don't do this," documents state.

Shot three times: Peterson shot at Pacheco-Ruiz multiple times from the back seat, hitting the man three times, York City Police allege.

Pacheco-Ruiz, 29, of York City, was shot in the leg, torso and the back of his neck while driving through the 700 block of East Princess Street on May 28, according to police.

After he was shot, the car he was driving crashed into a house, police said.

Peterson fled the area, police said. A front-seat passenger wasn't shot.

Pacheco-Ruiz died two days later at York Hospital, according to police.

On the lam: Peterson remained a wanted fugitive for nearly three months but is now in York County Prison without bail, charged with homicide.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service captured him about 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in a home in the 700 block of East King Street, according to Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the detective bureau.

Peterson, 27, of no fixed address, was arraigned Tuesday in the county's central booking unit by District Judge Linda Williams, according to Williams' office.

Police have not said why Peterson would allegedly want to kill Pacheco-Ruiz.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.