By Johnathan Hardison
NORTHPORT, AL (WBRC) - Police in Northport need your help to catch a man they say killed his roommate, tried to run away with the victim's girlfriend and is on the loose and considered armed and dangerous.
Northport police say 22-year-old Victor Rosas went to the store with his roommate, Oscar Rivera. When they came back to this apartment complex, Rosas jumped out of the car bleeding from the neck and Rivera sped away.
"Witnesses saw him get out of the vehicle, run upstairs, and it appeared he was bleeding from the neck," said Captain Loyd Baker of the Tuscaloosa Co. Homicide divison. "When he got into his apartment, he collapsed and died."
Police believe Rivera killed Rosas because he did not approve of Rosas dating one of Rivera's relatives.
"We think there was some tension between he and the suspect because of his relationship with the relative," Baker said. "I think he wanted to get the relative away from the victim."
Investigators say after the murder, Rivera drove to that relative's house, grabbed her, told her they were leaving Tuscaloosa and headed towards Pell City where they stopped for gas.
"When they stopped for gas, she was sent inside to pay for gas," Capt. Baker said. "That's where she locked herself inside the store with the clerk. The suspect tried to get in a couple of times, then he realized she was trying to get away and the police may be coming, so he fled the scene."
"It's terrible, it's just bad, it really is," said Davie Higginbotham, a neighbor of the victim and suspect. "He was a good young man."
"I've been here over 6 years, and this is it, this is a very good neighborhood, we're all family, just love everybody.
Neighbors are shocked and describe Rosas as a good guy but had their doubts about the man now accused of killing him.
"Seemed like a nice guy, but people say they had a funny feeling about him," Higginbotham said.
Police are asking for your help to find 30-year-old Oscar Rivera. They think he's driving the victim's 2001 blue Toyota Celica with the license plate number 63G36S1.
If you see that car or know where rivera is, you can call Northport Police (205) 339-6600 or the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's office at (205) 464-8672.
By Johnathan Hardison