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Las Vegas Man Accused of Killing Ex-Girlfriend's Father During Fight Over Dog: Police

Las Vegas Man Faces Murder Charge in Dog Dispute Death: Cops
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Roman Ramirez allegedly went to go pick up his dog from his ex's house, but got into a fight with her father, police said.

Mar. 3 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A Las Vegas man has been arrested after he allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend’s 69-year-old father during a fight over a dog, according to authorities.

Around 5 p.m. on June 11, 2023, officers responded to a home in Las Vegas and found Larry Vargas outside the home unresponsive, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.

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Vargas was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said Vargas got into a physical fight with 51-year-old Roman Ramirez over a pet.

According to an arrest report obtained by KSNV-TV, Ramirez initially went to the home to pick up a dog he shared custody of with his ex-girlfriend.

During that visit, Ramirez allegedly pushed Vargas multiple times. Vargas reportedly fell to the ground and into a palm tree and sustained multiple abrasions as a result.

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Later that day, officers located and arrested Ramirez. While talking with police, Ramirez claimed Vargas had punched him, so he allegedly pushed the victim.

Police then told Ramirez that Vargas had died and showed him video evidence that conflicted with his statement. Ramirez told police, “Then book me for murder and take me to County [Detention Center].”

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Authorities were awaiting results from the Clark County Coroner’s investigation, but did book Ramirez into the Clark County Detention Center for battery resulting in substantial bodily harm on an elderly person.

On Feb. 8, the Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled Vargas’ death a homicide. They said Vargas died due to cardiac arrhythmia in the setting of the dispute.

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On Feb. 22, police located Ramirez, who was out on bail, and rebooked him into the Clark County Detention Center on a new charge of open murder, officials said.

He remains behind bars without bond.

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