Police: Arrest made in double homicide in York City

The York Dispatch

A 16-year-old wanted in the shooting deaths of Jameel Murray and Dezmen Jones was arrested Tuesday, York City Police said.

Luis Vicente-Ramirez, of no fixed address, was arrested at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the 300 block of East Cottage Place, police said.

He is charged with two counts of homicide, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm by a minor. 

Luis Vicente-Ramirez

Shooting: Police have said Vincente-Ramirez fatally shot Murray, 28, and Dezmen, 15, the night of Sept. 26.

Charging documents state that Murray met with Vicente-Ramirez at South West Street at School Place just before 8 p.m. that day.

The two walked into a carport to the rear of a home in the 600 block of West Princess Street, officials said.

Dezmen Jones, 15, sits on his bike. Dezmen was killed during a shooting on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Photo courtesy of Brandt Kingsley.

The two began arguing, and Vicente-Ramirez reached into Murray's pockets, causing a fight in the carport that moved into the backyard area, according to police.

Police say witnesses heard two to three gunshots, then a pause, followed by a continuous string of about 15 gunshots.

Once the shots stopped, someone found Dezmen lying in front of a parked vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds, still conscious, and Murray was found lying in the backyard with multiple gunshot wounds, according to court documents.

Jameel Murray

Investigators found 20 spent 9 mm cartridges in the backyard and breezeway area, officials said.

Murray died at the scene, and Dezmen was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour later. Dezmen's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, and Murray's was multiple gunshot wounds, according to the York County Coroner's Office. 

Lt. William Wentz, who supervises the detective bureau, told The York Dispatch on Oct. 3 that it appeared the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad. He said it has not yet been determined if Murray was the buyer or the dealer because witnesses have not been entirely truthful.

Wentz said investigators had received reports that Dezmen was an innocent bystander in the shooting. 

Vicente-Ramirez: Charging documents indicate that Vicente-Ramirez has connections to Florida, Massachusetts and Alaska.

Wentz said Vicente-Ramirez left Lancaster County's juvenile detention center and was last listed as a runaway from that facility. He had been picked up in York and taken to the facility, Wentz said.

The lieutenant also said investigators don't know why Vicente-Ramirez was in the area.

"For whatever reason, he's been here in the York area," he said.

Vicente-Ramirez was arraigned on the charges the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 17. He was sent to York County Prison without bail. 

He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 31 at District Judge Joel Toluba's office.

— Staff reporter Christopher Dornblaser contributed to this report.