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'Armed and dangerous' second suspect arrested in George Maldonado killing at Colorado Springs auto shop

October 9, 2017 Updated: October 10, 2017 at 7:59 am
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Eric William Grant (Photo via CSPD)

Nearly three months after George Maldonado Sr. was gunned down in his auto repair shop in Colorado Springs, the "armed and dangerous" second suspect in his murder has been arrested, Maldonado's brother confirmed Monday night.

The FBI had offered $5,000 for information on Eric William Grant, 38, who had escaped capture since the slaying July 13 at Maldonado's Full Throttle Auto Service, 305 N. Chelton Road.

He was arrested Monday, said Maldonado's brother, Michael Maldonado.

"It's a lot of relief for our family that he is finally caught," said the brother, who got the news from police but did not know where Grant was arrested. "It ain't going to bring George back, but at least he (Grant) is not out there having his freedom."

Said Latisha Duncan, the victim's niece: "We do not know much, and we won't until he (Grant) is in Colorado."

Derrick Davis, 59, was arrested four days after the killing at a Super 8 Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. He was jailed there until his extradition to Colorado Springs on Aug. 4 and had his first court hearing Aug. 14.

A video from the auto shop shows two men wearing worker vests - apparently dressed as utilities or construction workers - casually rifling through objects on a desk in the office after Maldonado, 50, was shot to death about 7:47 a.m.

Another person at the shop also was shot but survived; police never released his identity.

But Billy Torrez, a shop employee, said a customer known as "Spence" was with Maldonado when both were attacked.

Maldonado Sr. left behind a wife, three sons and a daughter, and two grandsons, ages 2 and 6. He also had a granddaughter on the way.

He had owned his shop for 15 years, opening it to professionalize his long-time hobby of racing cars, his brother said.

"He had oil in his blood," said his mother, Martha Maldonado, at a vigil for her son held July 14. "He didn't go to school but knew more than someone who had a degree."

She said the last thing he said to her was, "Mom, I love you."

"I'd do anything to have him home again," said Martha Maldonado, who called him "Gorgeous George."

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