Bryan David Ramirez-Fernandez

Police on Thursday arrested a 17-year-old city resident charged in Monday’s homicide of an 18-year-old found dead in a New Braunfels hotel room.

Around 11:30 a.m., New Braunfels Police Department officers served an arrest warrant charging 17-year old Bryan David Ramirez-Fernandez with the first-degree felony murder of Maximiliano Miranda, 18, also of New Braunfels.

The warrant was served at his home in the 1100 block of Stone Branch, in northeast New Braunfels off State Highway 46, said David Ferguson, New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator.

“Ramirez-Fernandez was taken into custody without incident,” Ferguson said. “He was transported to the Comal County Jail, where bond was set at $100,000. 

“Investigators believe the suspect and the victim knew each other prior to the shooting, and that there are no additional suspects at large.”

Around 2:30 a.m. Monday, police and fire department responders called to the Rodeway Inn in the 1200 block of Interstate 35 North found a male deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Mike Rust, Precinct 3 justice of the peace, Miranda dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy. 

Officers remained at the scene for several hours and detectives with NBPD’s Criminal Investigation Division continued investigating over the past few days. Miranda’s autopsy was completed at Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, where the procedure was completed on Tuesday, Ferguson said.

“The investigation is ongoing, but we do not believe there are any additional suspects,” he said. “We believe this is the only suspect involved in the homicide of Maximiliano Miranda.”

Ramirez-Fernandez remained in the county lockup Thursday evening.

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