Man arrested in 2003 fatal shooting

LAWRENCEVILLE - After more than two years on the lam, a 31-year-old man is finally behind bars this week facing a murder charge in the shooting of his girlfriend's ex-husband.

Miguel Angel Manriquez was incarcerated at the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Tuesday. However, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Darren Moloney said he didn't know where or how Manriquez was arrested because the lead investigator was unavailable. Manriquez is being held without bond.

In the apparent love triangle shooting, the victim, Ezequiel Nunez, was a Norcross woman's ex-husband and Miguel Angel Manriquez was her boyfriend of two years. Nunez and Manriquez argued frequently and had several physical fights, according to police.

Nunez had dropped off his child Monday morning on May 19, 2003, with a regular baby sitter who lived at Silverleaf Apartments on Treehouse Parkway in Norcross. Five minutes later, Nunez returned for unknown reasons and was shot in the stomach by Manriquez, police allege.

An apartment resident on the scene that day said she witnessed the entire incident while walking to take out her garbage. She said Nunez came running through the gates of the apartment complex pursued by another man. Nunez and the man ran into the breezeway and five gunshots were heard. Seconds later, Nunez emerged, staggered and collapsed outside the building, the woman said.

After Manriquez fled, Detective M. Head of Gwinnett police said he had received a tip that Manriquez may have traveled to Mexico, where he had family ties. Head hoped Manriquez would return and be caught.

"But I'm still optimistic because he is not likely to remain in Mexico - they (criminals) come back in due time and the warrants still exist," Head said in a 2003 interview.