Rocío Ramos-Martínez described her daughter’s father as “violent and controlling,” threatening to take his daughter, according to court documents.
In a petition for a protection order, Ramos-Martínez stated that Luberto Fernández Rodríguez would punch holes in the walls, beat her, pull her hair, and threatened to kill himself if she let him.
He will not change, ”Ramos-Martínez wrote in the March petition, filed in the Yakima County Superior Court.
Ramos-Martínez, 30, died on Monday, three days after Yakima police reported that Rodriguez brutally attacked her in downtown Yakima.
Rodriguez, who later hit a pickup truck head-on in Wapato, killing a man and injuring a woman, could be booked into the Yakima County jail on Friday, if he is released from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Jay said. Seeley, captain of the Yakima police.
Rodriguez was transported to Harborview with leg injuries following the New Years accident in Wapato. At the hospital he is being guarded by the Washington State Patrol, Seely said.
Ramos-Martínez’s petition for a protection order, which he withdrew after Rodríguez was arrested on charges of setting a gas pump on fire at Wolf Den in Wapato, was one of three filed against him in four years. Two were presented in 2015 by Rodríguez’s ex-wife, who said he threatened to kill her and her son if they let him.
“If you don’t see your daughter at daycare, don’t be surprised,” the woman quoted in court documents.
The warrants were dismissed when the woman failed to appear in court, according to court records.
Ramos-Martínez, in her petition, described Rodríguez as jealous, seeking to know her whereabouts, threatening her and anyone who helped her.
On January 1, police reported that Rodríguez confronted Ramos-Martínez outside the YWCA of Yakima, where she was in her car with her 2-year-old daughter. The man got into his car and drove her to the former Astria Regional Medical Center, where witnesses, including a security guard, said he stomped on her face, Seely said.
Rodriguez, witnesses said, then returned to the YWCA, got in his truck and proceeded to run over Ramos-Martinez a couple of times, Seely added.
Seely said the 20-year-old security guard was unarmed and shocked by what he had seen, but that he was one of at least two people who called 911. And he added that it was understandable that he was staying behind rather than risking his own life. .
Yakima police recommend Rodriguez’s arrest on suspicion of first-degree murder and domestic violence kidnapping. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the Wapato accident, which killed Alfred Anaya, 67, and injured his passenger, Esperanza Anaya, 65. Agent Chris Thorson said the charges are pending.
Rodríguez has prior convictions for arson in the second degree, criminal assistance in the first degree, possession of cocaine with intent to deliver it to a protected area and possession of methamphetamine.
Ramos-Martínez’s death is the first of two homicides in Yakima County in 2021.
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