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No bail for man charged with strangling sister, another woman at NW Side home

Bail was denied Saturday for a 22-year-old man charged with strangling his sister and another woman at a Northwest Side home last October before setting the house on fire.

Adam Ruiz, whose last known address was in Denver, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and also aggravated arson while knowing someone is present.

Ruiz was arrested Thursday in Denver after calling authorities and admitting he killed the women, according to the police.

Chicago detectives went to Denver, arrested him and brought him back to Chicago, a law enforcement source said.

The source said detectives have identified one of the victims as Ruiz’s sister.

On the night of the fire on Oct. 16, 2014, firefighters and police found two women dead at a home in the 4500 block of West Parker Avenue: 22-year-old Celiacruz Reyes and 28-year-old Samantha Welch.

The police said authorities determined the women were strangled and that the fire was set to cover up the killings.

Reyes lived in the 100 block of Birch Street in Carpentersville, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said at the time. Welch’s address wasn’t known. It’s not clear which woman was Ruiz’s sister.

The source said Ruiz might have previously lived in Chicago.

A judge denied bail for Ruiz on Saturday, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. He is next due in court Monday.