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Decatur police arrest murder suspect wanted for both Huntsville, Decatur homicides

Published: Aug. 19, 2021 at 7:59 PM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Decatur police and other law enforcement held a press conference to speak on the arrest of Ricardo Bass, who was wanted for both Huntsville and Decatur homicides.

Decatur police were joined by Huntsville Police Department, Decatur Police Department, DA’s Ofice and U.S. Marshals.

Watch the full briefing below:

UPDATE: Ricardo Bass, the man wanted for murder in both Huntsville and Decatur, was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday night.

According to Decatur police, Bass was spotted by U.S. Marshals in the area of Highway 20 and County line road in Madison county around 7:20 p.m. WAFF is told he jumped out of a truck he was a passenger in and took off running but was quickly captured.

Bass was booked into the Morgan County Correctional Facility for Capital Murder. He is being held without bond and is also facing a Capital Murder charge in Huntsville.

Ricardo Bass caught near Decatur
Ricardo Bass caught near Decatur(DPD)

This is a breaking update. Stick with WAFF 48 for updates on this developing story.

A murder suspect is still on the loose after a deadly shooting at a Decatur gas station Thursday morning. Investigators identified 40-year-old Ricardo Bass as the suspect, and Bass is also wanted in connection to a murder in Huntsville on McVay St.

Just before 6:30 a.m. Decatur Police responded to a shooting at the Wavaho gas station on Wilson St. When they arrived, they found Mark Allen Nicholson dead from gunshot wounds. Investigators say 40-year-old Ricardo Bass shot, killed and robbed Nicholson.

Wavaho owner Dilipkumar Patel says his daughter was working the register and saw everything before Bass fled the scene in a white car. Patel says Bass is a regular at the store and came in this morning to buy beer and cigars.

“He tried to pay the money and he didn’t have enough money so my daughter asked for the money and he went outside,” said Patel.

Patel says when Bass went outside, he approached Nicholson and they began talking loud.

“The guy pulled the gun and shot him like three rounds,” said Patel.

Patel says Nicholson fell to the ground, and that Bass searched through his pockets.

“He pulled the pockets and he found something and he ran out,” said Patel.

Police had a short pursuit with Bass, but he left the vehicle and ran into a wooded area and hasn’t been seen since. Investigators searched the white Chevy near the corner of 12th Ave. and Moulton St. where it was abandoned.

Huntsville police say Bass is also wanted for the murder of Jeffrey Carden in Huntsville. Carden’s body was found on McVay St. this morning. Police believe Carden was shot during a robbery.

Thursday’s murder is the 12th murder in Decatur since the beginning of 2021. To put that in perspective, there were only nine murders in all of 2020. If you see Bass, do not approach him and immediately call 911.

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