ST AUGUSTINE, FL – March 2, 2011 – At 6:30pm on Wednesday, two repo men were shot while in the 1000 block of state road 16 during a repossession attempt of a red Ford Ranger. Arriving St. Johns County Deputies found one man with gunshot wounds to the stomach in the tow truck with a vehicle in tow less than a quarter mile from the residence near the median and another man lying dead in the driveway. The surviving repossessor was flown to Shands Jacksonville hospital.
“I didn’t even know what was going on when I got here, but a guy came out of the truck, hunkered over bleeding from the abdomen,” reported one of the deputies who first arrived at the scene.
Investigators had to bring a Tagalog translator as the Filipino shooter 51 year old Jesse Ramirez did not speak English however, Chuck Mulligan with the Sheriff’s Office reported, “The male subject looked out his window and saw two subjects around his vehicle in the driveway, he exited the residence with a firearm in his hand and fired multiple rounds at the two men who we now know where there to repossess the vehicle.”
The shooter sat handcuffed in the back of a patrol car as neighbors milled about behind the crime scene tape. Investigators have refrained from identifying the victims or the company the victims worked for.
Ramirez has been arrested and is charged with pre-meditated homicide and attempted homicide. Mulligan says the repo men did not appear to have threatened the suspect before the shooting.
6:20am PST – CUCollector has just been notified that the second victim has passed away. We will provide details as they emerge.
6:28am PST – Details are sketchy but a victim has been identified as a Will Rivera of Jacksonville, Florida. Another by the name of “Bennit”
7:05am PST – Reportedly, the name of the repo company the men worked for is “Atco Bennett” of Jacksonville, FL
7:47am PST –
Both victims have been identified, Wilfred Rivera, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene and Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31, was taken to the hospital. Confirmation of death is still pending. Rivera is survived by a wife, a daughter and a two year old grand son.
Jesse Ramirez, 51, on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. After an appearance before a judge Thursday morning, Ramirez was held without bond. It was believed that Ramirez did not speak English, but investigators later said they were able to interview him and he spoke English to the judge in court Thursday.
7:55am PST – The attached message was sent to Ed Marcum of RSIG and the Recovery Agents Benefit Fun (RABF) and was sent by Jeanne Bennett of Atco Bennett and is shared with their permission:
1:39 pm PST – It has been reported by news4 Jacksonville that Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31 the second man shot and airlifted to the hospital, is reported to be in fair and stable condition.
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