The man wanted by police in the savage killings of a 21-year-old Jamaica woman and their two toddler daughters was arrested in Texas late Monday night a little more than 24 hours after the three were fund stabbed to death in their Jamaica apartment.
The NYPD confirmed that Miguel Mejia-Ramos — who was arrested by Texas authorities while using the name Alex Jiminez — surrendered without incident at a highway checkpoint on Interstate 10 manned by U.S. marshals, Texas state troopers and officers from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the Schulenberg Police Department.
Deisy Garcia, her 2-year-old daughter Daniela and 1-year-old daughter Yoselin Mejia lived at 90-20 Sutphin Blvd. above a pharmacy. Their bodies were discovered by a relative just after 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Mejia-Ramos is the girls’ father. Garcia’s Facebook page showed seemingly idyllic pictures of her smiling with her daughters. But published reports quote members of Garcia’s church as saying Mejia-Ramos physically abused her on more than one occasion.
The NYPD and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Tuesday that detectives from the 103rd Precinct were on their way to Texas to begin the extradition process.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday that six counts of first-degree murder will be among the charges that await Mejia-Ramos upon his return.
Neighbors were horrified Monday morning, and took little comfort in the belief that the killings were not the work of some stranger stalking the neighborhood.
“Maybe 10 or 20 years ago you could expect this to happen,” Pearl Garcia-William said. “My daughter-in-law walks past here every day coming home from work. My son had to come and meet her last night because she was so scared.”
Law enforcement sources believe Mejia-Ramos was headed to his native Mexico. The NYPD had been tracking his cell phone activity when officials contacted Texas authorities to be on the lookout for one of two white vans he was believed to have been driving.
In a statement issued by his office, Fayette County Sheriff Keith Korenek said Texas State Trooper Greg Trojacek was the first to spot the vehicle. Schulenberg is located about halfway between Houston and San Antonio, meaning that Mejia-Ramos had driven more than 1,700 miles in just over 24 hours.
Texas is holding him on a warrant for minor traffic violations until detectives from the 103rd Precinct can interview him.
The statement from Brown’s office alleges that Mejia-Ramos has admitted to stabbing all three on Saturday night after spending the evening drinking at a friend’s home.
Brown is alleging that he went through Garcia’s phone and Facebook account and saw pictures of her with another man, prompting him to grab a knife. She allegedly awoke and tried to flee before he stabbed her until the knife broke.
He then allegedly went back and stabbed both girls. Daniela allegedly was awake when she was killed, and had stab wounds on one arm and one hand aside from those on her chest, back and torso.
“I’ve seen a lot in my 23 years as district attorney but there is nothing that disturbs me more than seeing young children — in this case mere babies — as homicide victims,” Brown said.
Mejia-Ramos is due in court on Friday.
Neither the NYPD nor the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown would comment on the defendant’s immigration status.