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Hot prowl suspect apprehended

CARLSBAD — The manhunt is over for 19-year-old Jose Ramirez who was suspected as an accomplice in a violent hot prowl burglary that happened in late July, after he was located in Fallbrook and arrested Aug. 31 by Carlsbad Police and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Ramirez is suspected as being one of two men who allegedly broke into a neighbor’s apartment, rushed inside, closed the door and battered the 35-year-old resident at the 3400 block of Clear Court in Carlsbad on July 24, according to Carlsbad Police.
The suspected burglars and the victim all lived at the same apartment complex at the time of the break-in, police said.
The motive for the crime is still unknown.
“For some reason they went down and forced him in there,” Carlsbad police Sgt. Mickey Williams said of the suspects.
After the assailants reportedly escaped, the victim called police around 11:40 p.m.
While authorities were investigating the crime, a call from Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside was made to police with information that a victim of a stabbing was at the center seeking treatment, according to Lt. J. Eppel of the Carlsbad Police Department.
The home invasion victim told police that he had stabbed one of the suspects while he was being battered, Eppel said.
Police then escorted the burglary victim to the hospital where he identified the stab victim, Robert Aldrete, 21, as one of the men who broke into his house, according to police.
Aldrete was arrested and booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of residential burglary, battery and false imprisonment, Eppel said.
The victim sustained only minor injuries and declined medical treatment, according to police.
Williams said the other suspect was later learned to be Ramirez, and a felony arrest warrant was issued for him Aug. 17, with charges of robbery, grand theft and battery.
“An item was taken from the victim during the assault,” Williams said of the grand theft charges.
The U.S. Marshals Service joined efforts with Carlsbad Police in the investigation into Ramirez’ whereabouts.
Williams said that the two agencies work as a partnership when arrest warrants are issued.
“One of the things they (U.S. Marshals Service) do is track wanted fugitives,” Williams said. “They bend over backwards to assist law enforcement, especially in San Diego County.”
After two-weeks of investigating, Carlsbad detectives were able to locate at-large Ramirez in the 1000 block of Vanita Street in Fallbrook at just before 7 a.m. in a residential dwelling, Williams said.
Ramirez was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for the arrest warrant and his bail was set at $50,000.