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Brevard County Sheriff’s Office dive team in Viera searching for possible evidence after body found in vehicle.
Two teenagers have been arrested and charged with murder in the Fourth of July shooting death of a man at the Mission Bay Apartments in Viera.
On Wednesday, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office agents arrested Luis Ramos-Figueroa, 16, of Rockledge and Martaz Sugar, 19, of Cocoa.
Both suspects were charged with first-degree felony murder with a firearm and robbery with a firearm. Ramos-Figueroa was also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
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The arrests stemmed from the July 4 shooting death of 19-year-old Daniel Ramos, who was found in the driver’s seat of a vehicle on San Sebastian Way at the apartment complex. Mission Bay is located northwest of the intersection of Murrell Road and Viera Boulevard.
Investigators learned that on July 3, Ramos had posted on a social media platform that he possessed drugs and looking for potential buyers. Agents also determined that he was known to carry large sums of cash and marijuana with him in his vehicle, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported.
During early morning hours on July 4, 2020, Ramos-Figueroa and Sugar allegedly developed a plan to rob Ramos. Upon arrival, Ramos-Figueroa entered Ramos’ vehicle and sat in the back seat. While they engaged in conversation, Sugar approached the vehicle with a firearm and demanded Ramos’ backpack containing drugs, the sheriff’s office reported.
A struggle ensued over the backpack, and Sugar shot and killed Ramos, the sheriff’s office reported. Ramos-Figueroa later returned to the vehicle, attempted to clean it to remove evidence, and threw Ramos’ cell phone into a lake at the apartment complex, agents said.
The BCSO Dive Team searched the lake after the shooting death. On July 7, agents recovered the firearm used in the homicide inside a stolen vehicle. Ramos-Figueroa was a passenger in the vehicle, the sheriff’s office reported.
Both suspects remain at the Brevard County Jail Complex on $500,000 bond. Investigators ask anyone with information on the shooting death to call Agent Don Reynolds of the BCSO Homicide Unit at 321-633-8413.
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Rick Neale is the South Brevard Watchdog Reporter at FLORIDA TODAY. Contact Neale at 321-242-3638 or email@example.com. Twitter: @RickNeale1.