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Illegal alien with 4 prior arrests suspected of sexual assault, brutally killing woman with hammer

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080515_illegalA California woman has died from a heinous attack from an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had been arrested four times before.

Much like the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, a crime allegedly committed by a repeat offender in the country illegally.

Victor Aureliano Martinez, 29, was caught by police the same day he reportedly attacked 64-year-old Marilyn Pharis with a hammer and brutally raped her after breaking into her Santa Maria home.

Pharis died Saturday, eight days after the July 24 attack.

Martinez was initially charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary with person present, assault with intent to commit rape, sexual penetration by foreign object and resisting a peace officer, the Santa Maria Times reported.

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Now that Pharis has died, Ramirez, who was on probation, will likely face additional charges.

The Times reported:

[Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph] Martin said Tuesday afternoon that he had confirmed Ramirez’s immigration status with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Ramirez had been arrested four times in the past by SMPD for minor crimes, most recently in May of 2014, Martin said. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation, which he is charged with violating.


Ramirez pleaded not guilty when arraigned, and his court appointed attorney requested that her client be attended to by mental health staff, according to the Times.

Tom Tillison


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