Caretaker charged in death of naked 'combative' elderly man he 'bear-hugged,' police say

Caretaker charged in death of naked ‘combative’ elderly man he ‘bear-hugged,’ police say

(As originally published, Tue, February 6th 2024)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (TND) — A call about “a battery with injuries” led police and paramedics to a home where they found the 80-year-old “victim lying unresponsive on the floor” in a bedroom.

He was “determined” to be dead at the scene.

Now, his live-in caretaker is charged with manslaughter.

The skirmish happened near Miami back on Oct. 29.

According to the arrest report, Joan Ramos told authorities that eight hours earlier, “at approximately 1 a.m., he heard a scream from the victim’s bedroom.

“The defendant went to the victim’s bedroom to check on his welfare.

“According to the defendant, the victim was being combative and grabbed the defendant’s neck, leaving a visible scratch.

“The defendant grabbed the victim in efforts to restrain him from being combative, which led to both of them falling and hitting a nightstand located within the victim’s bedroom.

“According to the defendant, he continued to struggle with the victim because the victim was naked, and he did not want to be exposed to bodily fluids.

“The defendant then advised that he bear-hugged the victim from behind and used excessive force, leading both of them to fall forward.

Caretaker charged in death of naked 'combative' elderly man he 'bear-hugged,' police say
Joan Ramos is charged with manslaughter in the 80-year-old’s death, Oct. 29, 2023. (Miami-Dade Corrections)

“The defendant fell on top of the victim and heard a crack when the victim’s head hit the ground face-first.

“The defendant explained that after the fall, the victim was unresponsive.

“It should be noted that the defendant informed investigators that he waited several hours (approximately eight hours) to contact emergency services due to his state of shock and realization of his actions.

“Furthermore, the defendant stated to investigators that he was aware that he used excessive force towards the victim who was an elderly male 80 years old, and disclosed that he was never in fear for his life or safety.

“Lastly, it should be noted that the defendant stated on the 911 complaint desk recording that he had killed someone.”

The arrest report said Ramos, 46, is 5’05” tall and weighs 210 lbs.

Ramos estimated he’d worked for the victim for about four years, and the arrest report listed his occupation as unemployed.

Online records show he was released from jail on Nov. 14 in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Hearings are scheduled for Feb. 15 and Feb. 26.

Ramos had been charged with three counts of battery and trespassing back in 2011 and he served probation.

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