Two suspects charged in connection to 2018 murder — and both faced charges for previous killings

Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Aug. 16 2021, Published 3:10 p.m. ET

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Two men have been arrested for the alleged 2018 murder of Tyron Jodie Ervin — and both suspects were previously charged in connection to other killings.

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Juan Deras Escalante, 21, and Mario Jose Ramirez-Duarte, 20, were arrested on Aug. 15 in connection with Ervin’s murder in Charlotte, North Carolina, which took place on Dec. 17, 2018, according to Charlotte police.

Ervin was 22 years old at the time of his death, and Escalante and Ramirez-Duarte were both 19 years old.

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Escalante was already in custody for the murder of Domingo Venancio-Tapia in 2019 following an 8-hour standoff with SWAT, WBTV reported.


The murder was allegedly because Venancio-Tapia refused to buy the suspect beer since he was underage, according to WBTV.

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Ramirez-Duarte was also charged with murder in 2019, WBTV reported. He and a 15-year-old were arrested for the shooting death of Shandiin Sanchez, according to WBTV.

Both men have also been charged in felony larceny cases, WBTV reported.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call (704) 432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit detective. The public can also leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at (704)334-1600 or


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