For Immediate Release: 11/2/17
Northwest Baltimore — Elias Alvarado was sentenced to consecutive Life sentences without the possibility of parole for murdering two women within a week’s time. The victims were Annquinette Dates and Ranarda Williams.
Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) Traci Robinson prosecuted the case.
On September 2, 2016 at approximately 10:33 a.m., officers responded to the 3700 block of Bancroft Road for a call that someone had found a dead body under their neighbor’s deck. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the 911 caller who reported hearing a woman scream around 3:00 a.m. At the time, the caller was unable to see anyone and went back to sleep. Once awake, the caller went outside and discovered the partially clothed body of Annquinette Dates.
7The Medical Examiner’s Office (OCME) determined Dates had been strangled and ruled the manner of her death as a homicide. Detectives began their investigation which included locating camera footage showing the victim with a Hispanic male shortly before her murder.
Six days later on September 8, 2016 at approximately 3:50 a.m., officers responded to the 3900 block of Dolfield Avenue for a call regarding a fight between a man and a woman. Upon arrival, officers turned off their headlights and drove down the rear alley. Police observed Alvarado getting up from the victim— Ranarda Williams. Williams was lying face down and naked from the waist down. As Alvarado observed the officers, he began to flee the scene but was captured. Williams was transported to the OCME, where it was determined that she had been strangled and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
After being advised of his Miranda Rights, Alvarado provided a statement initially indicating that he did not know Ms. Williams; however, when confronted, he indicated that he had sex with her. A SAFE Kit was completed on Alvarado, through which it was noted that he had multiple recent scratches on his body. DNA samples were taken from Williams, which revealed that Alvarado's DNA was on Williams’ body and under her fingernails. Alvarado’s DNA was also found under Dates’ fingernails and around her neck.
Alvarado identified himself with Dates in a still shot taken from camera footage on the night of her murder.
"It is scary to know that there are people who are capable of such horrific crimes," said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “These women did not deserve their untimely deaths, nor did their families deserve to lose them in such a heinous manner. I’m thankful that we were able to secure a conviction and a sentence that ensures he will never kill a member of society ever again.”