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Kentucky police arrest Ruskin man wanted for Hillsborough murders

TAMPA— The nine-month search for a wanted man accused of killing a Ruskin couple and their unborn child ended with his arrest Wednesday in rural Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police arrested McKinsie Alexander Lyons, 39, without incident at a gas station in Carroll County, the agency said. He will now be extradited back to Hillsborough County, where he’s wanted on two counts of first-degree murder and charges of murder of an unborn child, burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery and illegal possession a firearm as a felon.

The charges stem from a Jan. 24 home invasion that left Alexis Martinez, 24, and Juanita Solorzano, 33, dead in Martinez’s mobile home near the National Weather Service station in Ruskin, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Solorzano was five months pregnant when she was fatally shot. Her child did not survive.

Video cameras stationed inside and outside the home at 2611 14th Ave. SE captured the events of that night, deputies said, and eventually led to the arrest of Samona Louise Ramey, 32, five days later on two charges of first-degree murder. Ramey, of Wimauma, remains held without bail in the county jail, and was recently ruled incompetent to stand trial.

A sheriff’s report gave this account of the murders: Ramey walked up to Martinez’s home at about 2 a.m. and asked if he could give her a lift. When Martinez walked outside, deputies said two armed men jumped him and forced him back in the home while Ramey remained in the front yard.

Deputies said one of the men was Lyons, who is also known by the alias McKinsie Sharp. The other man wore a mask and has not been identified.

Once inside, the men forced Marinez and Solorzano into a bedroom and fatally shot both, deputies said. Ramey helped the armed men take guns and drugs from the home, a sheriff’s report said, using a light from her cellphone. At one point, the report said, they searched the front yard for any drugs that may have been dropped.

Hours later, deputies arrived to find the home in disarray, with furniture flipped over, empty rifle cases throughout the house, and the bodies of Martinez and Solorzano left lying in a pool of blood in a bathroom.

In an interview with detectives, Ramey admitted she left the murder scene with Lyons and the second attacker, and that one of them gave her "drugs and a tablet" from the home, according to the report.

A warrant for Lyons’ arrest was issued in February. Records show Lyons has served state prison time for aggravated assault with a weapon, robbery with a weapon, fleeing from law enforcement, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of cocaine.

Contact Anastasia Dawson at [email protected] or (813) 226-3377. Follow @adawsonwrites.

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