Man wanted in Midwest City triple homicide surrenders
MIDWEST CITY — Nearly a week after three people were killed in the city's first triple homicide, the suspect in the slayings turned himself in.
Police Chief Brandon Clabes said Ramon Rocha Pugh, 42, who also goes by the aliases “Romon” and “Psycho,” surrendered at the Oklahoma County jail on Friday afternoon.
Clabes said he was notified of Pugh's surrender just after 2 p.m., and said detectives were en route to the jail to interview him.
“We've worked around the clock on this case since it happened Saturday and I'm overjoyed that he's in custody and nobody else was injured or killed,” Clabes said.
Oklahoma County sheriff's spokesman Mark Opgrande said Pugh came to the jail with a couple of other people just after 1:30 p.m. to turn himself in.
Clabes said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and the Rev. Theodis Manning of Midwest City worked with Pugh's family and friends to get him to surrender. He is being held without bail on murder complaints.
Police were sent to 524 Babb Drive about 8:50 p.m. Saturday and found Terrence Laval Jackson, 51; Donielle Gregory, 39; and Derrel Lyn Barksdale Jr., 39, all of Oklahoma City, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
The shootings were initially reported by the mother of a woman who lived in the home, who identified herself as Pugh's girlfriend. Police said the girlfriend was in a bedroom during the shooting and fled through a window after pulling her 10-year-old daughter from another bedroom, according to a court affidavit.
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The woman escaped to her car, and Pugh appeared at the driver's window, told her “I'm gone” and fled on foot. The woman's mother called police and reported “something bad” had happened and “somebody needs help.”
The girlfriend told investigators the four men had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana in the living room for about three hours. She said she was in another room and heard gunshots coming from the living room, and heard more gunfire after grabbing her daughter.
A motive in the killings has not been determined.
Pugh and two of the victims had prior convictions, according to court and corrections records.
Pugh served time in prison on convictions of shooting with intent to kill, possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and cocaine possession.
In 1997, Gregory pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a 27-year sentence. He was released from prison in August 2015, and was out on bail for drug offenses when he was killed.
Barksdale was convicted of being an accessory to murder after the fact and firearms and cocaine possession.
Clabes said Midwest City detectives, assisted by deputy U.S. marshals and Oklahoma City police, worked tirelessly to track down Pugh. Two other people were arrested in connection with the slayings, accused of helping Pugh avoid arrest.
Lucretia Mitchell-Spencer, 47, and Kurt Jancinto Brazille, 49, both of Oklahoma City, were arrested on complaints of harboring a fugitive.
Spencer was arrested Wednesday and remained in the Oklahoma County jail Friday with bail set at $50,000. Brazille was arrested at 6 p.m. Thursday and taken to the Midwest City jail. Jail officials reported he bonded out Thursday night.