Cousins’ Fight Over Jailhouse Cheese Sandwich Ends in Death

Miguel-C-Gamez_mugshot.400x800MANITOWOC — A fight between cousins over a cheese sandwich at the Manitowoc County Jail left one inmate dead and another charged with murder, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case.

Juan P. Jaimes, 19, died Nov. 18 as a result of injuries sustained in a Nov. 16 fight with his cousin, Miguel C. Gamez, 22, according to authorities. Gamez was charged this week in Manitowoc County Circuit Court with felony murder, and faces up to 27 years in prison if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Jaimes grabbed Gamez’s cheese sandwich at lunchtime in the jail on Nov. 16. When Gamez confronted Jaimes, the two started fighting. According to the criminal complaint, Gamez told investigators, “I picked him up and slammed him.”

“He hit his head hard on the floor,” Gamez said. “I hit him a couple of times (and) they pulled me off him.” Gamez told investigators he and Jaimes had no prior conflicts, the complaint says.

When corrections officers responded to the cell following the fight, they found Jaimes unresponsive to any stimuli, the complaint says. Jaimes was transported to Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, and then to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, where he was pronounced brain dead and later died from the injuries. An autopsy shows Jaimes died of blunt force head trauma, according to the complaint.

Gamez is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He will appear in Manitowoc County Circuit Court on Monday, Dec. 3 when a preliminary hearing will be set.

Gamez was already being held on $100 cash bail for allegedly violating a domestic abuse order. Jaimes was serving a 21-month sentence for fleeing an officers and criminal trespass to dwelling, according to online court records.

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Man Breaks Into Carl’s Jr. to Make His Own Cheeseburgers

Carls_Jr_LogoA Santa Paula man was arrested early Sunday morning in connection with a burglary at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant in the 200 block of East Harvard Boulevard, authorities said.

Ruben Manzano, 19, was booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of felony burglary of a structure, and was being held Sunday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Manzano was discovered in a residence in the 200 block of South Fourth Street by a police dog after a search of the area. He surrendered to officers and told them he had been drinking and became hungry, so he broke into the fast-food restaurant, according to a statement released by the Santa Paula Police Department.

In the restaurant, officers discovered Manzano’s shoes, shirt and food that he had attempted to cook on the grill. A security guard had spotted a shirtless man running north from the eatery.

Officers investigating the alarm call, which came in around 1:35 a.m., spotted a man, fitting the description given by the guard, running between houses in the 200 block of South Olive and the 200 block of South Fourth Street.