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Shooting suspect in Pierce jail

A 33-year-old man sought in connection with a deadly shooting in March in a South Tacoma alley has been arrested and returned to Pierce County from California.

Earlier this year, Pierce County prosecutors charged Byron Alvarez as an accomplice to second-degree murder in the March 25 death of Saul Lucas-Alfonso, 25. Alvarez is one of five people charged in the shooting in the alley of the 7000 block between South Puget Sound Avenue and South Tacoma Way.

An arrest warrant was issued for Alvarez, and he was arrested Sept. 16 in Santa Clara, Calif., deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen said Friday. Alvarez was extradited Thursday to the Pierce County Jail and arraigned on the murder charge Friday. He pleaded not guilty.

Sorensen requested Alva-rez be held in jail in lieu of $2 million bail. Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi granted the request.

Sorensen noted that three of the other four people charged in the homicide remain on the loose. Warrants have been issued for their arrests, and two are believed to have fled to Mexico.

Lucas-Alfonso was shot after the five accused in the slaying went to collect a debt Alvarez believed he was owed by another man, charging document state.

They broke into the debtor’s car and started ransacking it for valuables, charging documents state. Lucas-Alfonso and two others arrived and confronted the group, and a fight broke out. Someone in the group fired a shot, which killed Lucas-Alfonso.

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