Police: Red Truck Ties Rape Suspect To Murder Investigation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: Red Truck Ties Rape Suspect To Murder Investigation

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Police plan to charge a suspected rapist with the murder of a Spokane woman after authorities arrested him driving a red pick-up sought in connection to the case.

Derrick Vargas is being held on a charge of first-degree rape after authorities arrested him last weekend. A trooper from the Washington State Patrol stopped the truck for not having a tail light, but the passenger told the trooper the driver had raped her.

Authorities in the Spokane Police Department later realized the truck Vargas was driving was sought in connection to an East Spokane murder last month.

Evon Moore was found dead near the intersection of Ralph and Riverside on August 13. The 48-year-old grandmother was killed by "blunt force trauma," according to the Spokane County Coroner.

Police initially sought information about a white truck seen in the area the night of the murder. They later asked the public to help find a red, Chevy truck.

Vargas was convicted in federal court of sexually abusing an underage girl in 2007. He was released from prison less than two weeks before Evon Moore was murdered.

Investigators said they plan to file a murder charge within, "several days."

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