Man Charged With Strangling Sister, Another Woman at Northwest Side Home

Adam Ruiz, 22, allegedly strangled his sister and another woman before setting the house on fire

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A 22-year-old man will appear in court Saturday after confessing to strangling his sister and another woman at a Northwest Side home last October before setting the house on fire, authorities said.

Adam Ruiz, whose last address was in Denver, Colo., was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated arson while knowing someone is present, Chicago Police said.

Ruiz was arrested on Thursday in Denver after he called authorities and admitted to committing the murders, police said. Detectives went to Denver and interviewed him before arresting him and bringing him back to Chicago, a law enforcement source said.

The source added that detectives have identified one of the victims as Ruiz’s sister.

On the night of the fire on Oct. 16, 2014, fire and police officials found the bodies of two women at a home in the 4500 block of West Parker Avenue, authorities said. They were identified as 22-year-old Celiacruz Reyes and 28-year-old Samantha Welch, but police said the women were both 18.

At the time, autopsies for both women came back pending further police and fire investigation. But on Saturday, police said authorities had determined the women were strangled, and a fire was set to cover up the murders.

It was not known which woman was Ruiz’s sister. Reyes lived in the 100 block of Birch Street in Carpentersville, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said at the time. Welch’s address was not known.

The source said Ruiz may have previously lived in Chicago since he was arrested for retail theft in 2007.

Ruiz was scheduled to appear in bond court on Saturday.

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