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KCSO searching for person of interest in New Year's Day homicide

Posted at 2:37 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 17:57:48-04

LAMONT, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a person of interest in a New Year's Day homicide.

According to KCSO, on January 1, 2019, 38-year-old Luciano Jose Ramos was assaulted near 8900 Hall Road in Lamont. Ramos later died at Kern Medical ICU on Tuesday, January 8 at approximately 4:12 a.m.

Through an investigation, KCSO says 34-year-old Ricardo Tapia, Jr. was identified and arrested for murder. Thirty-four-year-old Melissa Avila was arrested and booked for accessory to murder. Both Tapia, Jr. and Avila remain in custody pending court proceedings.

KCSO says 18-year-old Ricardo Tapia III has been identified as a person of interest in Ramos' death. He is the son of Ricardo Tapia, Jr.

Anyone with information regarding the location of Ricardo Tapia III is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (661)861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at (661)322-4040.