Utah Man Waives Miranda Rights, Admits to Murder and Scrubbing Crime Scene

An Ogden Utah Man was arrested after he waived his Miranda rights, openly admitting to murdering a woman and scrubbing the crime scene.

Criminal homicide

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The deceased body of an adult woman was found lying in some brush on the side of a road in South Ogden last Monday. The woman appeared to have several stab wounds, and police on scene were unable to locate a suspect or a weapon. Officers proceeded to the woman’s apartment nearby and spoke to her roommates who agreed to accompany officers to the station to be interviewed.

Waived Miranda Rights

Prior to the police interview, one of the roommates named Jesus Martinez Ramos Jr was read his Miranda Rights, warning him that anything he said could be used against him while reminding him he could request an attorney to represent him. Ramos waived his Miranda Rights and spoke openly to police without the presence of any legal representation. During the interview, Ramos admitted to murdering his female roommate, moving her body, scrubbing the crime scene, and throwing away evidence-including the murder weapon. Ramos then went a step further by telling officers where they could find the knife used in the attack. Ramos was charged with first degree criminal homicide and second degree obstruction of justice.

No harm in requesting an attorney

Many people who are facing criminal charges assume if they tell investigators everything they want to hear, maybe they will either be spared or given better treatment for their extra cooperation. Unfortunately, rarely does it work out in the best interest of the suspect to do so. Sometimes, being open and agreeable with investigators can lead to unexpected or unwarranted charges that may not have been true, such as premeditation of the criminal events. Prior to any police questioning, it is always encouraged to request the presence of an attorney to guide a suspect through the questioning. Even if the evidence is stacked against the suspect, an attorney can still ensure they are afforded all rights, including protecting themselves against self-incrimination.

Utah Carjacking Suspect Beat Up by Girl in Backseat

A carjacking suspect was beat up by a teenage girl who was in the back seat of the car stolen from a gas station in Midvale, Utah.

Car theft outside gas station

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A Utah mother returned to the pump outside a gas station in Midvale, Utah Sunday to discover her car missing along with her two children who were in the backseat. A search ensured that ended shortly after when the car was discovered a few blocks away with the baby and thirteen year old girl safely inside. The carjacking suspect was nowhere to be found.

Beat up by a kid

Police aren’t certain why the carjacking suspect ditched the car so soon, however it could be due to him being beat up by the thirteen year old girl in the backseat. The young teen was in the car watching over her baby sister when the carjacking suspect entered the car and started driving away. Determined to do what she could to save her little sister, the teen began hitting the suspect repeatedly in the head and pleading with him to return the baby to their mother. Perhaps out of surprise of finding kids in the car or more likely to save himself from being physically assaulted, the carjacking suspect eventually stopped the car and fled on foot.

Located and charged

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Through the use of video footage as well as the suspect talking openly about the incident to others, officers were able to locate and arrest the suspect after several hours on the run. 39 year old Charles Brandon Peterson is facing charges for vehicle theft and kidnapping. Peterson, who was on parole was taken back to the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah where he will face these new charges as well as humiliation from being beat up by a kid.

Utah Man Arrested for Suspicion of Human Trafficking in Wyoming

A Utah man was arrested in Wyoming for suspicion of human trafficking undercover police responded to a prostitution ad found online.

“Hello, this is John”

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Undercover detectives in Cheyenne, Wyoming discovered an ad for prostitution on a website and arranged a meeting as a fake “John”. When officers arrived, two women on scene explained to officers they had been taken from Utah by a 35 year old man named Terry Blanks who was collecting their earnings from prostitution. Blanks was located nearby and arrested on two degrees of first degree human trafficking.

Human trafficking

According to Utah Code 76-5-309 and 76-5-310, Utah dishes out a second degree felony for human trafficking unless there is rape, aggravated sexual assault, or sexual crimes against children. Only then would the charge would be increased to a first degree felony. Although Wyoming was the last state to criminalize human trafficking, it now carries stiffer penalties than the neighboring state of Utah. Wyoming Statute 6-2-703 states “A person is guilty of human trafficking in the first degree when the person intentionally or knowingly recruits, transports, transfers, harbors, receives, provides, obtains, isolates, maintains or entices an individual for the purpose of:

(i) Forced labor or servitude . . .

(ii) Sexual servitude . . .

(iii) Sexual servitude of a minor”.

The charge for human trafficking is only reduced to a second degree felony in Wyoming if the person responsible behaves recklessly, not intentionally. For more information on charges that occur across state lines and how penalties and accompanying incarceration times vary depending on the state, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.