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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Individual Pleads Guilty To Carjacking Murder

Press Release 

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Ángel Ayala-Dávila (“Ayala-Dávila”), 19,  pled guilty
to Count One of an information which charged him, aided and abetted by others,
with the carjacking murder of Roy Figueiredo-Ramos, announced Rosa Emilia
Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. As part
of the plea  agreement the parties have recommended a sentencing range of 24 to
30 years’ imprisonment.

On September 8, 2013, Roy Figueiredo-Ramos (“victim”), arrived at  the Las Da-
lias Public Housing Project (“LDPHP”) in San Juan, PR, driving a grey 2002 To-
yota Camry, which he parked in front of building 29 of LDPHP. Co-defendant
Victor Miguel Duluc-Méndez, charged in a separate indictment, approached the
victim and inquired if he was interested in selling the vehicle. The victim replied
that he was not, but that he was willing to rent it.  Shortly thereafter, Ayala-Dávila
joined the conversation. Ayala-Dávila expressed he liked the 2002 Toyota Camry.

Duluc, Ayala-Dávila and another unknown male stepped away from the victim’s
vehicle and started planning how to take the vehicle and keep it for themselves.
Ayala-Dávila went into his apartment and grabbed a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson
pistol. Thereafter, Duluc, Ayala-Dávila and others took the victim’s car by force.
Duluc drove the victim’s vehicle with victim in the front passenger seat, and Ayala-
Dávila sat in the rear right passenger seat behind victim.

Duluc eventually drove the victim’s vehicle to the Banco Popular Branch located
at Plaza Escorial shopping center, along with Ayala-Dávila and the victim. He par-
ked the vehicle in Banco Popular’s parking lot.  Ayala-Dávila requested the vic-
tim’s ATM card and the PIN number. The victim complied and gave the ATM card
and PIN number to Duluc, who went to the ATM machine and withdrew $150.00.

Once the money was withdrawn, Duluc departed the Banco Popular Branch along
with the victim and Ayala-Dávila. Duluc drove towards Trujillo Alto, PR, stopping
in a rural area between Trujillo Alto and Carolina.  Ayala-Dávila told the victim to
step out to verify whether the vehicle had a flat tire. The victim and Ayala-Dávila
exited the vehicle. The victim verified the front right tire of the vehicle and, as he
turned around in the direction of Ayala-Dávila, Ayala-Dávila produced the pistol,
pointed it at the victim’s head and fired one shot. The victim  died as a result of
this gunshot wound.

After shooting the victim, Ayala-Dávila got into the front right passenger side of
the victim’s vehicle, and Duluc drove them back to LDPHP. Ayala-Dávila proclai-
med that the victim’s vehicle belonged to him because he had been the one who
killed the victim.

“The senseless crime that these men committed had fatal consequences,” said
United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vé-
lez.  “Ayala-Dávila’s guilty plea brings us a step closer to bringing justice and
closure to the victim and his family.”

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 26, 2015. The case is being prose-
cuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Díaz-Rex. Victor Miguel Duluc-Méndez
pled guilty on May 1st, 2014; his sentencing is scheduled for June 25, 2015.  He
faces a sentence of 30 years.

USAO - District of Puerto Rico

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