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Two arrested in apartment complex murder

VICTORVILLE • A man and his girlfriend are under arrest for murder after a Hesperia resident was found beaten to death on the stairs of a Victorville apartment complex.

John Anthony Standingwater, 28, and Yvonne Lugo, 32, were arrested on suspicion of murder Friday afternoon at the New Corral Motel on Seventh Street — just a few blocks away from where Armando Ramos, 31, was killed early Friday morning.

According to residents, who did not want to be identified, Ramos was at the apartment complex in the 14400 block of La Paz Drive to visit his son. He was walking on the upstairs balcony of the apartment when he was attacked.

Sheriff’s officials said Saturday that Standingwater and another man got into a fight and Ramos intervened. Ramos was then knocked unconscious.

Residents said his attacker continued to assault him after he passed out, and pushed his head through the bars of the railing by the stairs. Bloodstains were visible on the stairs and balcony where Ramos was attacked, and on the sidewalk below.

Ramos was transported to Victor Valley Community Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later, a statement from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials said.

After speaking with witnesses and gathering evidence at the scene, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives found Standingwater and Lugo at the nearby motel at around 2 p.m. Both were arrested and booked into the Victor Valley jail.

Standingwater is being held on $1 million bail and is due in Victorville Superior Court on Tuesday.

He was convicted of burglary and grand theft for a December 2010 incident, county court records show. He was sentenced to two years in state prison for that offense, with credit for time served.

“Yvonne Lugo is a suspect in the murder but Investigators are not discussing any of the details involving Lugo at this time,” Cindy Bachman, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said in an email Saturday.

The murder investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Eddie Bachman at (909) 387-3589 or sheriff’s dispatch at (760) 245-4211. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can also call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME or leave information at www.WeTip.com.

Family members and friends took to VVDailyPress.com to express their grief at Ramos’ death.

“Mando (you) were one of the best friends I had and one of the nicest guys I ever known,” Linda Gutierrez, of Victorville, posted.

Another commentor said she’d recently moved out of the La Paz Drive apartment complex because it was getting “pretty rough.”

The Phoenix Foundation, a local nonprofit organization that aids victims of violence, will be raising money for the victim’s family. Anyone wanting to donate can do so by logging onto www.HDPhoenixFoundation.com.

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