Suspect arrested in robbery and shooting death of Modesto adult bookstore employee

A Modesto man was arrested Tuesday night in the robbery and fatal shooting of an employee of an adult bookstore that afternoon.

Cinnamon Eades, 38, of Modesto died from injuries she suffered at Liberty Adult Books, at 1030 Kansas Ave., the Modesto Police Department said.

Spokeswoman Sharon Bear said officers responded to a 2:15 p.m. report of a female lying behind the counter of the store. The call was made by someone — it’s not known if it was a customer or fellow employee — who entered the store and saw Eades, Bear said.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where she died.

The department’s Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene. Bear said its investigation determined that Favian Marcos Ramirez, 20, made a purchase at the bookstore, then in what Bear said appears to be an “absolutely senseless” move, shot Eades before grabbing an undisclosed amount of cash and fleeing the store.

Ramirez drove to the store in a car he’d taken on a test drive from a Modesto used-car dealership, detectives determined. He left the car outside Liberty Adult Books when he walked away from the crime, Bear said.

Detectives identified Ramirez through a combination of information, including surveillance video and talking with staff at the dealership, where the suspect had provided valid identification before taking the test drive, Bear said.

Detectives and SWAT officers located Ramirez leaving a residence in Ceres. He was in another vehicle, which he got out of, and ran when he saw police approaching, Bear said.

A search perimeter was set up, and Ramirez was found in the area, near Pleasant and Central avenues, about 11 p.m. He is being held without bail on murder and robbery charges.

Eades’ Facebook page says she was a mother of three and a grandmother. A sister-in-law on Wednesday set up a gofundme account to cover “final expenses” for Eades.

“She was a beautiful woman with an infectious smile and a heart bigger than the state of Texas,” Andrea Burgess wrote on the fundraising site. “She was taken unfairly too soon in a senseless act of violence (and) she leaves behind children, a grandson, brothers and sisters and many more who loved her.”

A number of people used the social media to fondly recall her.

“I worked with Cinnamon Eades for several years,” Modesto resident Mikey Elizondo posted, “and she was always a ray of sunshine. She was always smiling, laughing, and she always brought joy to those around her.

“... I’m sure everyone can find a little bit of solace in knowing that the police caught this f------ cretin. Even so, and even in the light of justice, nothing will ever make up for the fact that she is no longer with us here on Earth.”

John Holland covers breaking news and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has covered agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism degree from UC Berkeley.