Ismael Rodriguez-Rosado, 29, of East Islip, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County Court on Monday 5 June. There are second-degree murder and other charges in connection with the August 2021 death of Ariel Montes De Oca Ramirez, a 31-year-old German national.

According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, the two had an altercation outside the Mi Nueva Encanto restaurant on Carlton Avenue in Central Islip at approximately 1 a.m. on August 2, 2021.

Rodriguez Rosado drew a 9mm pistol and fired four shots at Ramirez. He then fled in a Ford Edge SUV.

Ramirez of Gulf Shores was taken to South Shore University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Prosecutors said undercover officers found Rodriguez-Rosado a short time later at a gas station near Gulf Shores Union and Saxon Avenues, where he rammed their police car and fled.

That sparked a police chase, with Rodriguez-Rosado driving “irregularly” oncoming police cars in the center of Commack Road, according to prosecutors.

He was eventually arrested after an undercover police car hit the rear wheel of his vehicle, causing it to spin and come to a stop.

Later that night, a K-9 unit located the firearm used in the killing about a mile from where Rodriguez-Rosad was arrested. Investigators also obtained surveillance video from nearby businesses that captured the murder.

“This defendant took the life of Mr. Montes de Oca Ramirez in cold blood and then attempted to flee without taking responsibility for his actions,” Suffolk District Attorney Raymond Tierney said. said in a statement.

“Thankfully, thanks to the excellent work of Suffolk Police, the defendant was apprehended quickly after leading a high-speed, violent pursuit.”

In court on Monday, Rodriguez-Rosado pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, both felonies.

He is expected to be sentenced to 17 years when he returns to Suffolk County Court on Monday, July 10.

Rodriguez Rosado served two years in prison in 2016 for attempted robbery, according to prosecutors.

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