‘Senseless, horrible’: Restaurant employee killed during robbery spree in Richmond’s Southside

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield County man who had been working at a restaurant in Richmond’s Southside for over 10 years was killed Wednesday morning during a string of incidents which took place on the same road just minutes apart.

Richmond Police Department officers were called to a business on the 2200 block of Broad Rock Boulevard at around 10:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 for a report of a robbery. An armed man was reported to have fired a round inside of the business before taking cash and fleeing in an SUV.

Around ten minutes later, police responded to Lindo Amanecer Restaurant and Market, less than a mile down the street, for a report of a robbery and person shot. Marvin Ramos-Hernandez of Chesterfield, an employee of the restaurant, was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound.

Police say the two suspects, identified as 25-year-old Yonathan Zelaya Beltran of Richmond and 18-year-old Ronaldy Monterroso of Chesterfield, were found about 45 minutes later with the help of security cameras in the area.

Later, it was determined that the pair was connected to a third incident on Broad Rock Boulevard, an attempted robbery which is reported to have taken place just a few minutes after the fatal shooting of Ramos-Hernandez.

Reva Trammel, who represents the district in which the first incident took place, spoke to 8News Thursday about the death of Ramos-Hernandez.

“I was devastated when I heard the news,” said Trammell. “Because, you know, these people are good people. They’re here making a living for their family.”

Trammell said she was familiar with the restaurant and its employees before the shooting.

“For something like this to happen. Senseless, horrible,” said Trammell.

Both suspects have been charged with robbery and use of a firearm while committing a felony –and police say homicide charges are pending. Richmond Police Chief Rick Edwards said one suspect had previously been arrested last February on firearm and drug-related charges, and the other had an active warrant in Chesterfield County.

These incidents are still under investigation, anyone with information is asked to call Richmond Police at 804-646-5112.

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