Roommate of slain Gwinnett man arrested on drug charge; shooter still at large

Santiago Torres Pacheco

Santiago Torres Pacheco

The roommate of a man found dead in a Gwinnett County apartment has been arrested as the result of the continued investigation into the man’s slaying, police said Tuesday.

Santiago Torres Pacheco, 17, was accused of manufacturing drugs but has not been charged in the death of his roommate and cousin, 21-year-old Roberto Pacheco.

Roberto Pacheco’s body was found Friday inside his ground-floor apartment on Coleville Circle after a family member asked Gwinnett police to check on him. He had been shot once and was discovered in a bedroom.

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Police also found the patio door to his unit shattered, which led investigators to suspect someone broke in before the victim was shot.

“The motive for this crime appears to be drug-related,” Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera said Tuesday in a news release.

Investigators think the shooter jumped the railing to a ground-floor balcony and broke in through the patio door.

Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

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Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

Santiago Pacheco was arrested in Athens and booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Saturday. No one has been charged with murder in the investigation, and the lead detective is still seeking tips, Pihera said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gwinnett County detectives at 770-513-5300. Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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