Teens charged with murder for July 4th shooting in Rockledge

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Two teens have been arrested and charged with murder for the July 4 shooting death of another teen in Rockledge.

A Judge issued warrants Wednesday for 16-year-old Luis Roberto Ramos-Figueroa of Rockledge, and 19-year-old Martaz Demarcus Sugar of Cocoa, charging them both with first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm.

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The investigation began on Independence Day when deputies responded to a 911 call from the Mission Bay Apartments reporting a dead person in a vehicle.


Posted by Brevard County Sheriff's Office, Florida (Official) on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Deputies arrived to find the victim, 19-year-old Daniel Rarmos, with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead there.

Investigators determined Ramos went to the apartment complex on the morning of July 4 to sell marijuana to Ramos-Figueroa.

Deputies say before Ramos arrived, Sugar and Ramos-Figueroa made a plan to rob him.

When Ramos did arrive, the sheriff’s office says Ramos-Figueroa got into the back seat of his car.

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As the two talked, deputies say Sugar approached the car with a gun and demanded Ramos' backpack and drugs.

Investigators say there was a struggle over the backpack before Ramos was shot and killed by Sugar.

Deputies say the two suspects returned to the vehicle and attempted to clean up any evidence that might link them to the shooting. Additionally, deputies say Ramos-Figueroa also attempted to destroy evidence by throwing Ramos' cell phone into a nearby lake.

Agents found the murder weapon three days after the shooting in a stolen vehicle in which Ramos-Figueroa was a passenger. They also found some of the victims belongings and other evidence linking Sugar and Ramos-Figueroa to the crime.

Deputies also obtained witness statements implicating the two suspects.

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Ramos-Figueroa turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, while Sugar was arrested by deputies conducting surveillance at his home in Cocoa.

Both suspects are being held in the Brevard County jail on $500,000 bond.