Second suspect arrested in Raleigh taxi driver's death

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Conrad Patterson (Raleigh Police Department)

A second suspect has been charged with murder in connection with the death of 55-year-old Jose Nicolas Dominguez, Raleigh police announced late Tuesday night.

That suspect, 27-year-old Conrad Rashad Patterson of Zebulon, was taken into custody by the Raleigh Police Department's Fugitive Unit.

His arrest comes almost 24 hours after police arrested 25-year-old Major Earl Edwards Jr. of Louisburg in connection with Dominguez's shooting death outside a Raleigh apartment complex Monday.

Dominguez was found fatally wounded in the parking lot of the Hodges Creek Apartments in the 2000 block of Hodge Creek Drive around 1:20 a.m., after someone called 911.

Authorities said Dominguez had been a driver for Amigo Taxi for the past seven years and was on duty at the time.

Jose Nicolas Dominguez

Edwards and Patterson are currently being held at the Wake County Detention Center.

Meanwhile, Dominguez's coworkers have said they believe he was robbed and assaulted.

"He was a great coworker," Amigo taxi driver Joaquin Loyola said. "I still can't believe what happened to him. We're told they wanted to assault him or rob him."

Jose Nicolas Dominguez

Loyola also said that drivers have radios to call for emergencies, but Dominguez never flagged an emergency.

Authorities have not confirmed whether Dominguez was robbed, saying they can't discuss specifics about the case.

The homicide investigation remains ongoing.

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