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Updated: Man Charged With Homicide Following Georgetown Death Investigation

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police say the investigation into the death of a man whose body was found at a home west of Georgetown has led to the arrest of a 22-year-old man on murder and related charges.

Troopers responded to the 14000 block of Wilson Hill Road in Georgetown just before 3 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, after a report of a body was found. Police said the troopers made contact with a 40-year-old woman at a neighboring house who stated she had just been brutally assaulted by her tenant. Police said the investigation revealed that Juan Carlos Tovar Cruz, of Georgetown, who had just recently been allowed to rent a room at that home, began assaulting the victim around 7 p.m. the evening before. Police said that at one point, Cruz the the woman to her bed and then grabbed a kitchen knife and began cutting her about the legs, throat, and hands.  Once the assault was over, he untied her and left the bedroom which gave her time to flee and run to a neighbor's house where they called 9-1-1, investigators said. The woman was then transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where she was treated for what were described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries before being released.

Police said that during the course of the investigation, troopers responded to the victim's home where they located an unidentified man in the driveway.  Sussex County Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead deceased.  The Delaware Division of Forensic Science was contacted and removed the body of the man, who was later identified as Ricardo Perez-Ramirez, 30 of Georgetown. Authorities said an autopsy was conducted on Monday, Oct. 31, which ruled the death a homicide by blunt force trauma to the head. DSP homicide detectives took over the case and upon searching the house, located documents in the bedroom of Cruz which positively identified him as the suspect, according to police.

Late Sunday night troopers made contact with Cruz in the area of Concord Road (Rt. 20) west of County Seat Highway (Rt. 9), Seaford, as a call was made for a suspicious person in the area. Cruz was taken into custody and transported to Troop 4 Georgetown, where he was charged with one count of first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.  He was arraigned at JP3 and committed Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $80,000 cash bond.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, homicide detectives were able to link Cruz to the murder and charged him with first-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.  He was arraigned at JP3 and remains held at SCI on an additional $2,500,000 cash bond.

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