Son arrested in stabbing death of 70-year-old father in Orange County

Deopersaud Ramdihal faces charge of first-degree murder

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

ORLANDO, Fla. - A man was arrested Tuesday night in Orange County after his 70-year-old father was found stabbed to death, deputies said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said Deopersaud Ramdihal, 41, was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder with a weapon in the death of his father, Ramlochan Ramdihal.

The stabbing was reported around 10:40 p.m. in the 7400 block of Penrill Court near Hiawassee and Clarcona Ocoee roads.

According to the arrest report, Ramlochan Ramdihal owns the home where he was killed but primarily lives in New York. His son, Deopersaud Ramdihal, lives at the Penrill Court home.

The 70-year-old and a friend recently came down from New York to make some repairs on the house where he was stabbed to death, according to report.

The friend, who called 911 to report Deopersaud Ramdihal was threatening his father, said after they went to bed around 11:30 p.m. the suspect stayed up drinking.

The 911 caller said he awoke to hear the son and father arguing. According to his account Deopersaud Ramdihal was inside his father's bedroom demanding that he move his car out of the garage and leave the house.

The 70-year-old agreed to move his car to avoid further confrontation, according to his friend, but then he started yelling for help. The friend said he saw Deopersaud Ramdihal leave his father's room with a knife and heard more yelling. The witness said he then heard Ramlochan Ramdihal scream that his son had "boared" him. The father and son are from Guyana, where "boared" is a term commonly used to refer to a stabbing, according to the report.

When deputies arrived, the son, who had blood on his clothes, was trying to leave, the arrest report states.

Ramlochan Ramdihal was found inside the home with multiple stab wounds, deputies said. He was taken to Health Central Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Deopersaud Ramdihal was detained and arrested. He declined to speak with officers until he had a lawyer present, according to the report.

Neighbors said the Ramdihals kept to themselves and were surprised to hear about the slaying.

"I just saw the father yesterday he was painting the house," neighbor Alex Haughton said. "Him and his friend were painting the house I was shocked to see that happened."

Deopersaud Ramdihal.

Court records show that Deopersaud Ramdihal was arrested on two misdemeanor charges in the past. 

In 2012, he faced a domestic battery charge that stemmed from an incident in which authorities said he was drinking heavily and punched his girlfriend, the mother of their two children, three times in the stomach. She sneaked out a window and went to the neighbor's house for help, records show.  

In 2011, that woman's sister, who lived in Canada, called 911 to report that Deopersaud Ramdihal had punched her sister. A deputy said the girlfriend was shaking and frightened and alcohol could be smelled coming from Deopersaud Ramdihal, who was arrested on a battery charge.

The state attorney's office determined that both cases were not suitable for prosecution.

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