Tacoma man charged with murder in Federal Way carjacking case

Police said Friday they made an arrest in the Dec. 8 killing of a 20-year-old man in a Federal Way shopping center parking lot.

According to Federal Way Police, officers were called to S. 348th St. and Pacific Highway S. When they arrived, officers found a person who had been shot and began life-saving procedures.

The victim, Ruvim Stokov, died at the scene.

Police said on Jan. 21 that the suspect, a 30-year-old Tacoma man, was later identified through surveillance video taken at nearby businesses, city cameras and physical evidence at the scene.

Prosecutors on Jan. 24 charged the suspect, Leonel Gonzalez, with one count each of Murder in the First Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.

According to charging documents, Gonzalez shot Stokov three times while he was eating takeout in his car. Investigators said this appears to be a "random, brutal and senseless carjacking." Gonzalez pulled the victim's body from the car and then drove off in it, they said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Federal Way Police Department at 253-835-2121.

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