Authorities have identified the “out of control” suspect they subdued and arrested at the scene on allegations that she ran over a woman and left her dead in a Maplewood street.
Gabriela R. Ramirez, 21, awaits possible second-degree murder charges in connection with the death Monday of Alejandra Cervantes, 28, of St. Paul, early Monday on Londin Lane near Crestview Drive.
“While the suspect wasn’t necessarily resisting arrest,” Police Cmdr Dave Kvam said Tuesday, “she was out of control and had to be subdued by several officers.”
Kvam said officers did not resort to inflicting blows or using weapons to apprehend Ramirez, who was not armed, but they did “suspect she was under the influence [of alcohol or drugs] and asked medics to evaluate her.”
Ramirez was taken to Regions Hospital and within a few hours booked into jail, according to the commander. She was released Wednesday as the investigation continues.
Investigators “continue to gather evidence associated with the incident, including processing and examination of the scene and a vehicle believed associated with the case,” read a statement late Monday afternoon from police.
The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m., when police and fire personnel located Cervantes in the road. She was declared dead at the scene, police said.
“A dispute of some type had taken place, possibly between the deceased and another person,” a police statement read.
The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is helping police in the investigation.
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