Landlord hit tenant with concrete planter, officials say
Police release more details about fight that turned deadly
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.