Land­lord hit ten­ant with con­crete planter, of­fi­cials say

Po­lice re­lease more de­tails about fight that turned deadly

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales

New de tai l s re l eas e d Wed­nes­day in the slay­ing of Ju­lian Robles re­veal that the 53-year-old man died af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion in which his land­lord slammed his head with a con­crete planter, ac­cord­ing to po­lice and court doc­u­ments.

Af­ter Robles fell to the ground, land­lord Joseph Ramirez Jr., 46, and son Eric Allen Ramirez, 22, be­gan kick­ing him re­peat­edly, said Sgt. Hector Reve­les of the Austin Po­lice Depart­ment homi­cide unit.

“He was to­tally de­fense­less,” Reve­les said.

Be­fore the al­ter­ca­tion Mon­day, Robles and the Ramirezes had been seen drink­ing out­side died af­ter an al­ter­ca­tion with his land­lord, po­lice say. sev­eral res­i­dences at 2601 Hoeke Lane in South­east Austin, where Joseph Ramirez is the land­lord of sev­eral mo­bile homes, po­lice said.

Wit­nesses told po­lice that Eric Ramirez be­came an­gry when ques­tion­ing sev­eral peo­ple, in­clud­ing Robles, about dam­age to a trailer, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest af­fi­davit filed Wed­nes­day. He hit one man with a piece of wood sev­eral times and then at­tacked Robles by punch­ing him, the af­fi­davit said.

Robles tried to de­fend him­self with a knife and stabbed faces murder charge. charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault. Eric Ramirez, Reve­les said.

A wit­ness saw Eric Ramirez leav­ing the scene hold­ing the left side of his body, the af­fi­davit said. A wit­ness saw Joseph Ramirez star­ing an­grily at Robles and told him to “stop be­cause he might kill Robles,” the af­fi­davit said.

“No, he cut my son,” Joseph Ramirez re­sponded, the af­fi­davit said.

A wit­ness saw Joseph Ramirez lift a ce­ment-based planter and strike Robles on the left side of his head, the af­fi­davit said. When Robles fell to the ground, Joseph Ramirez struck him with the planter two more times, a wit­ness said. Eric Ramirez then re­turned to the scene and the two dragged Robles and be­gin kick­ing him again, the af­fi­davit said.

Po­lice re­ceived a 911 call to re­spond to an in­jured man at the scene at 7 p.m. Mon­day, the af­fi­davit said. When emer­gency per­son­nel ar­rived, Robles was found face-down on the ground near a trailer home “with ob­vi­ous signs of trauma about his head and face,” ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment.

Robles was taken to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge, where he was pro­nounced dead at 7:43 p.m.

Min­utes ear­lier, po­lice re­ceived a call that Eric Ramirez was at South Austin Hos­pi­tal af­ter hav­ing been stabbed and was be­ing trans­ferred to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the af­fi­davit said. A rel­a­tive told po­lice that Joseph Ramirez was at his home in Dale, where he was taken into cus­tody, the af­fi­davit said.

There, po­lice also dis­cov­ered blood on a 2005 Red Dodge Dakota truck be­long­ing to Joseph Ramirez, the af­fi­davit said.

Both Joseph and Eric Ramirez re­mained in cus­tody Wed­nes­day. Joseph Ramirez faces a murder charge and was be­ing held on $100,000 bail. Eric Ramirez is charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault and was be­ing held on $75,000 bail.

Po­lice ask any wit­nesses who have not yet spo­ken to po­lice to call the homi­cide tip line at 477-3588.

Ju­lian Robles

Joseph Ramirez

Eric Ramirez

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