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Seffner man arrested in roommate's killing

SEFFNER — Deputies have arrested a Seffner man they say murdered his roommate in a tremendous rage last month.

About 9:30 p.m. May 12, Felipe Ramos pushed his roommate out of their apartment. Ramos followed the man, punching him and screaming "I will kill you," the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

Two witnesses told deputies they saw the victim, Ruben Gonzalez-Rosado, on the ground as Ramos stood over him and continued to punch him. Ramos then pulled Gonzalez-Rosado off the ground by his neck and screamed, "I told you I would kill you," deputies say.

Deputies say they do not know what the argument was about.

Ramos held Gonzalez-Rosado in a choke hold, and witnesses heard him screaming for help and asking someone to call 911.

Ramos asked a woman, whom deputies have not named, to get his "piece" and she emerged from the apartment with a gun, deputies reported.

He took the gun and pointed it in Gonzalez-Rosado's face, deputies say, and the two men struggled.

As Ramos attempted to shoot Gonzalez-Rosado in the face, the gun went off and struck Ramos in the chest, deputies say.

Ramos screamed at the victim and continued to try to shoot him in the face, but the next bullet also hit Ramos' chest.

At that point, Ramos pushed Gonzalez-Rosado to the ground and shot him twice in the face.

Gonzalez-Rosado was pronounced dead at Tampa General Hospital at 10:26 p.m. that night.

Ramos was also taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

On Tuesday, Ramos was arrested at the hospital and charged with second-degree murder and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

State records show that starting in 2008, Ramos spent about a year and a half in prison for resisting an officer with violence and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was also found guilty of domestic violence battery in 2005.

Gonzalez-Rosado, nicknamed "Pito," was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Florida 20 years ago, according to an obituary in the St. Petersburg Times.

He enjoyed motorcycling, horses and spending time with his children, Angel and Nico, and his German shepherds.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Seffner man arrested in roommate's killing 06/08/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 11:28pm]
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