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Wichita police: Robbery was motive in fatal shooting that targeted worker

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 1:44 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at 12:35 p.m.

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Robbery was the motive in a fatal shooting at a west Wichita concrete business Friday, and police think they have arrested the two suspects who are responsible, an official said Saturday.

Investigators think the victim, Efren Antonio Villarreal-Alvarado, knew the two suspects, Wichita police Lt. Scott Heimerman said.

Villarreal-Alvarado appeared to be “a hard-working man” whose routine was to open the business, where he was found critically wounded in a truck, Heimerman said. He suffered multiple wounds and died a short time later, Heimerman said.

“They targeted this individual,” he said.

According to jail records, the two men arrested on suspicion of murder and robbery in the shooting are Deon Nolan Hale, 40, of Hutchinson, and Donnie Joe Lalonde, 33, of Wichita. Each was being held on a bond of $1.5 million. Both have criminal records.

Wichita police, assisted by Hutchinson police and Reno County prosecutors, worked through the night to execute a search warrant in Hutchinson related to the homicide, Heimerman said.

He said the suspects had been “somewhat cooperative.” Police plan to present the case to prosecutors Tuesday or Wednesday. Because they have not been charged, Heimerman wouldn’t give the names of the suspects but said both were booked into jail on suspicion of murder and robbery, that one was arrested in Hutchinson, and that one was 33 and the other was 40.

That information matched Hale and Lalonde, the two men in jail who are listed as murder suspects.

Hale has a conviction for reckless second-degree murder for a crime committed in 1997 in Douglas County. After serving time in prison, he was paroled to Reno County in 2011, and his sentence expired on Aug. 28, Kansas Department of Corrections records show.

Hale has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder in commission of a felony and aggravated robbery, Sedgwick County Jail records show.

Hale, whose address is listed as being in the 300 block of East Avenue B in Hutchinson, was arrested Friday at his residence, booking records show.

The other suspect, Lalonde, has convictions for rape and aggravated sexual battery for crimes committed in 2001 in Geary County. After serving time in prison, he was paroled to Sedgwick County in 2009, and his sentence expired on July 23, 2012, state corrections records show.

Lalonde has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder in commission of a felony, aggravated robbery, violation of the offender registration act and criminal damage to property, jail records show.

Lalonde, whose address is listed as being in the 400 block of North Doris, was arrested Friday in the 800 block of East 26th Street North, booking records show.

He is listed as a sex offender on the state offender registry with a primary address in the 3000 block of South Glenn.

Villarreal-Alvarado was found shot in the chest in the parking lot of Santana Concrete, where he was an employee, police said Friday. He had arrived for work at about 6:30 a.m.

Villarreal-Alvarado was still alive in a vehicle at the business at 3665 W. McCormick, a few blocks east of West Street, when he was found by other employees at about 7:15 a.m., police said. He died shortly before 8 a.m., after being taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis.

Reach Tim Potter at 316-268-6684 or tpotter@wichitaeagle.com.

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