A woman who was stabbed with a screwdriver while she unsuccessfully fought to save her husband from a pair of home invaders described Tuesday’s deadly crime spree in Las Vegas as “total terror.”
Julie Ramos escaped the attack with bruises and stab wounds, but her 59-year-old husband, Richard Ramos, was shot dead when he was unable to wrest a gun away from the intruders.
Police later shot and killed Cody David Winters, 27, and arrested his 35-year-old accomplice, Natasha Galenn Jackson, on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, burglary, kidnapping and other charges, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
“I want everyone to know that Richard Ramos is the greatest guy in the world, and I don’t want anyone to think he died in vain,” Julie Ramos said at a news conference Wednesday. “He saved his family like the lion that he was.”
Police said the crimes began at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, when Jackson and Winters — who’s also known as “Havoc” — carjacked a freeway service vehicle that had stopped to help them on the side of the U.S. 95 freeway.
The driver of the roadside assistance vehicle thought the couple needed help. Instead, the duo pulled out a gun and robbed the worker of personal items, including a cellphone, and forced him to drive to a neighborhood about 3 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip, according to the police report. They let him leave, and he contacted police, according to Las Vegas Police Dept. Capt. Matt McCarthy, who addressed the media.