A 37-year-old Tukwila man has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing and dismembering his cousin.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed the charge against Rosalio Ramos-Ramos on Jan. 17 in connection with the stabbing death of Pedro Venegas-Ramos. The Class A felony carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
On Jan. 10 Ramos-Ramos’s brother called 911 for a welfare check on Ramos-Ramos and told officers his brother had a history of mental illness.
“The defendant’s brother told detective that the defendant had been acting out of character in recent months,” according to court documents.
The brother also told authorities he found blood in the bathroom and through Ramos-Ramos may have killed someone. Officers found just a small amount of blood on the shower curtain and did not notice any obvious signs of a crime and left the apartment when it appeared Ramos-Ramos was not in crisis.
On Jan. 11, officers responded to an apartment complex in the 5800 block of South 152nd Place in Tukwila after a woman called 911 to report a suitcase that was left outside her apartment in a covered breezeway. She said she had seen a man, later identified as Ramos-Ramos drag the suitcase and leave it next to her apartment on Jan. 10.
“She said that while waiting for officers, she opened the suitcase and discovered a deceased person inside and called 911 to update dispatch with information,” according to court documents. “The caller stated that she saw what appeared to be the knee of a male inside the suitcase. Officers check the suitcase and that a deceased person was located inside.”
While investigating, officers showed Ramos-Ramos’ brother a picture of the suitcase, which he said matched suitcases in the apartment he shared with his brother and Venegas-Ramos.
When detectives interviewed Ramos-Ramos, he denied Venegas-Ramos was his cousin or that he even knew who he was.
Detectives found clothing and a knife blade in a dumpster near where the suitcase containing Venegas-Ramos’ body was found.
Washington State Patrol Crime Lab investigators found extensive evidence of blood loss of on the kitchen floor and throughout the bathroom of the apartment. It appeared someone had tried to clean up the evidence, according to the court documents.
“When Rosalio was interviewed by detectives they observed his hands appeared to have suffered the type of damage caused by contact with bleach or some other type of strong cleaning solution,” according to the documents.
Ramos-Ramos was booked in the Seattle Correction Facility early on Jan. 12, where he remains on $2 million bond.