Cameras recorded Ruskin home invasion where two died; woman arrested

Published January 30 2018
Updated January 30 2018

RUSKIN — Video cameras recorded a home invasion in which a man and woman were shot to death — including the moment when the two attackers looked up, saw the cameras and fled.

Images from the Jan. 24 videos helped investigators arrest a woman Monday night on charges she helped the attackers, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office report.

Samona Louise Ramey, 32, of Wimauma faces two charges of first-degree felony murder with a firearm. She was being held at the Hillsborough County jail without bail.

At about
2 a.m. Jan. 24, Ramey walked up to a mobile home belonging to Alexis Martinez, 24, at 2611 SE 14th Ave. and asked if he could give her a lift, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

When Martinez walked outside, two men with handguns and wearing gloves jumped him and forced him back inside, the report said. One of the men was wearing a mask.

Surveillance cameras outside and inside the home captured the men’s actions during the 30 minutes they were at the scene, the report said.

The men forced Martinez and a woman who was inside the home, Juanita D. Solorzano, 33, into a bedroom. Ramey helped the armed men remove guns and drugs from the home, the report said, using a light from her cellphone at one point to search for drugs that may have been dropped in the front yard.

Video shows Ramey remained in the yard during the attack, the report said.

Deputies were called to the home hours later after someone reported a possible death there. They found the bodies of Martinez and Solorzano in a bathroom, one of them lying face down in a pool of blood.

Furniture had been flipped over and the house was in disarray, the report said. Deputies found a clear plastic bag containing .22-caliber rounds in the bathroom and two empty rifle cases elsewhere in the house.

Detectives made contact with an individual who helped identify the victims and provided a mobile phone number for one of them. The phone was not found at the house. The name of the individual and other information is blacked out on the Sheriff’s Office report.

An image of Ramey from the video was shown to an individual whose name also was blacked out on the report. The individual identified Ramey and "has dated her in the past," the report said.

On Monday, as the Sheriff’s Office was checking area hotels, a detective spotted Ramey near a car at a motel in Sun City Center, the report said. Two gray plastic totes found outside the car and items from the murder scene were recovered, the report said.

Ramey acknowledged during an interview with detectives that she left the murder scene with the two attackers and that one of them gave her "drugs and a tablet" from the home, the report said.

Contact Jonathan Capriel at (813) 225-3141 or Follow @jonathancapriel.