Brevard Sheriff’s Agents Arrest Two Teens Charged With First Degree Felony Murder in Fatal Shooting of Daniel Ramos
By Space Coast Daily // October 15, 2020
FATAL SHOOTING HAPPENED JULY 4 AT Mission Bay Apartments IN ROCKLEDGE
16-year-old Luis Roberto Ramos-Figueroa was arrested on a warrant after a previous Direct File as an adult and will face justice in adult criminal court for his alleged actions
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Brevard County Sheriff’s Agents arrested 16-year-old Luis Roberto Ramos-Figueroa of Rockledge and Martaz Demarcus Sugar, 19, of Cocoa in the shooting death of 19-year-old Daniel Ramos on July 4.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, both suspects were arrested after warrants and bonds were issued by the Honorable Judge Robin Lemonidis charging Ramos-Figueroa with First Degree Felony Murder with a Firearm, Robbery with a Firearm, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
Sugar was charged with First Degree Felony Murder with a Firearm and Robbery with a Firearm.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began on July 4, 2020, when deputies responded to the Mission Bay Apartments in unincorporated Rockledge after a 911 call was received stating that a person was deceased inside a vehicle.
“Deputies arrived finding the victim in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with an apparent gunshot injury,” said a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
“The victim was transported to the Brevard County Medical Examiner’s Office where the Medical Examiner determined the manner of death to be a homicide.”
Subsequent investigation revealed that on July 3, 2020, the victim posted on a social media platform that he was in possession of drugs and looking for potential buyers. Agents also determined that the victim was known to carry large sums of cash and marijuana with him in his vehicle.
Based on the findings of the investigation, the victim went to the Mission Bay Apartments during the early morning hours of July 4, 2020, to sell marijuana to the Ramos-Figueroa. Prior to the victim’s arrival, the Ramos-Figueroa and Sugar allegedly developed a plan to commit a robbery of the victim.
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, upon arrival of the victim, Ramos-Figueroa entered the vehicle and sat in the back seat.
“While the victim and Ramos-Figueroa engaged in conversation, Sugar approached the vehicle, armed with a firearm and demanded the victim’s backpack containing the drugs from the victim,” said a Brevard County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson.
“A struggle ensued over the backpack at which time the victim was shot and killed by Sugar. After the shooting, Ramos-Figueroa returned to the vehicle and attempted to clean the vehicle to remove any evidence, which might implicate Sugar or himself. Ramos-Figueroa also attempted to conceal evidence by throwing the victim’s cellular telephone in a lake adjacent to the apartment complex.”
According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Agents were able to recover the firearm used in the homicide in a stolen vehicle that the 16-year-old suspect was a passenger in, on July 7, 2020.
Agents also recovered digital evidence as well as evidence located during the recovery of some of the victim’s belongings that implicated Ramos-Figueroa and Sugar to the homicide. Multiple witness statements were also obtained that implicated the two in either the planning or commission of the homicide.
On Wednesday, Ramos-Figueroa surrendered to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office agents and Sugar was arrested by Sheriff’s Agents conducting surveillance at his residence located at 1110 Alamanda Lane in Cocoa.
Both are currently being held in the Brevard County Jail on a bond of $500,000.
Ramos-Figueroa was arrested on a warrant after a previous Direct File as an adult for unrelated charges and will face justice in adult criminal court for his alleged actions.
“Please join me in commending everyone involved in the arrest of these two violent individuals who are now off our streets and behind bars where they can’t harm anyone else,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey.
Anyone who may have information about this death investigation is asked to please call Agent Don Reynolds of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413.
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