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Former Battery Charge Upgraded to Murder After Homicide Ruling in 2023 Pet Dispute

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 29, 2024 10:05 am

Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) announced the re-arrest of Roman Ramirez in connection with a death initially classified as battery but later ruled a homicide. The incident, stemming from a dispute over a pet in June 2023, has taken a significant turn with the upgraded charge.

Timeline of Events:

  • June 11, 2023: LVMPD responded to a call regarding an unresponsive man, later identified as 69-year-old Larry Vargas.
  • Initial Investigation:
    • Police discovered Vargas outside his residence following a physical altercation with Ramirez, 51, over a pet.
    • Due to the limited information and pending investigation by the Clark County Coroner’s Office, Ramirez was initially booked for battery resulting in substantial bodily harm on an elderly person.
  • February 8, 2024: The Coroner’s office officially ruled the case a homicide.
  • February 22, 2024: LVMPD’s criminal apprehension team located Ramirez, who was out on bail, and re-arrested him on the charge of open murder.

New Details Revealed in Arrest Report:

  • Arrest report providing further details about the incident:
    • Vargas’ daughter initially contacted police, stating Ramirez, her ex-boyfriend, had rendered her father unconscious.
    • Ramirez had allegedly arrived at the residence, seeking to see the dog, Luna, shared between him and Vargas’ daughter.
    • After Vargas allowed him access to the dog, Ramirez reportedly attempted to leave with Luna in his vehicle.
    • Vargas and Ramirez engaged in a physical altercation, resulting in Vargas falling and sustaining injuries.
    • Ramirez was later found to have a history of violent offenses in California.

Ramirez’s Court Appearance:

  • He is scheduled to appear in Clark County Justice Court on February 29th, 2024.

Credits: Fox5Vegas

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