Suspect in custody, accused in deadly stabbing

Ruben Ramos, 22 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Ruben Ramos, 22 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Published: Oct. 14, 2015 at 2:50 AM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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Hernandez praying at scene
Hernandez praying at scene

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - UPDATE: 22-year-old Ruben Ramos III has been arrested in connection with a Tuesday afternoon homicide. A woman was found dead outside the Jackson Apartments around 5 p.m.

Police found 23-year-old Nakasha Nycole Nolan in a Chevy Impala there, dead, with multiple stab wounds.

Investigators believe it happened around 4 p.m., but they were not notified until nearly an hour later when a caller reported a woman unresponsive in her car at the Jackson Apartments.

Detectives say this appears to be a targeted act and not a random crime.

Residents of the complex are cooperating with police to determine when the car arrived here. Officers are not sure if the victim was attacked off site and driven to this location.

This incident has neighborhood residents and other Lubbock citizens concerned for their safety.

"I was just looking for lawns to do and I was led over here," said Martin Hernandez. "I just believe it was divine appointment by God."

Hernandez said he had to pull over and park once he saw the crime scene.

"I'm just here to pray. I just felt like I have to stop," he said. "There's a situation here, and I've got to pray."

Hernandez took time away from mowing lawns to watch police officers search for answers.

"These men and women are taking their time to do this, to put in their effort to understand and know what's going on," he said, "and they'll know what's going on."

This makes the 16th homicide to happen in Lubbock just this year.

"Just know for the public, that most of these killings have not been random killings," said LPD Lt.. Ray Mendoza. "It has all been of something where the suspect and victim knew each other. We hope that's the case here today."

For Cynthia and Diedrich Nesmith, it's hard to stay calm when crime happens a block away from their home of 25 years.

"We just pray for the people in this neighborhood," Cynthia said, "because every soul has value, and I hate that this woman died."

As neighbors gathered with the Nesmiths to watch the crime scene in shock, they decided to have a prayer walk in the area this Saturday.

"I feel personally responsible for the people who are in my path of influence," Cynthia said.

The Nesmiths and Hernandez hope that is this is both the 16th and last murder to happen in Lubbock.

"We need to be more attentive to our surroundings, and pay attention to what is going on," Hernandez said. "It isn't getting easier out here, but we can make it easier when we walk with Jesus."

LPD ask anyone with information about this crime to please call Crime Line at 741-1000.

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