A NYC triple homicide suspect was arrested in Texas early Tuesday after his wife and two young daughters were stabbed to death Sunday night.
Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 28, was captured by Texas State Troopers and the U.S. Marshals at a vehicle roadblock in Schulenburg, a small city located halfway between Houston and San Antonio, according to New York City Police.
The bodies of Mejia-Ramos’ wife, 21-year-old Deisy Garcia, as well as those of his daughters, 1-year-old Yaslin Mejia and 2-year-old Daniela Mejia, were discovered in a bedroom of their Queens apartment by other household members Sunday night. All three victims had been stabbed multiple times in their chests, the Associated Press reported
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Sources close to the case told the New York Daily News that investigators were able to track Mejia
down after the suspect used his cell phone to make numerous calls in Texas to Mexico, where his is from.
At the time of his arrest, Mejia was found to have multiple stab wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted, according to the source.
On Monday night, the victims’ family held a memorial service for their murdered loved ones.
"There are no words that I can explain for the pain I’m going through," Luz Mina, Garcia’s mother, told the Daily News. "I always told her to leave him. She said, ‘I can’t because I have two daughters and he’s bringing the money home.’"
The discovery of the three bodies was reportedly made by a 12-year-old cousin of the victim, who found the bodies of the two girls next to one another on a bed covered by a blanket, according to an uncle.
"He opened the door and he sees my niece on the floor," Romeo Chuc, 37, told the Daily News. "I don’t understand what happened."
Chuc was reportedly one of eight relatives who shared the two-bedroom apartment.
Authorities recovered five knives from the scene; however it is unclear whether they were used to carry out the horrific crime.
According to Garcia’s friends, Mejia-Ramos had been an abusive husband who once beat his wife inside the local Iglesia Naciones Unidas en Cristo Church bathroom at a baby shower.
The Daily News reported that within the last year, the NYPD investigated two domestic violence cases involving Mejia-Ramos and his wife. In one of the cases Mejia-Ramos had reportedly pulled Garcia’s hair and kicked her in the face.
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