TULSA, Okla — Tulsa Police responded to Miami Nights near 21st and Sheridan for reports of an assault with a deadly weapon.
Police talked to multiple witnesses who said after the club closed for the night a few patrons who refused to leave the area and started fighting. The owner of the restaurant, Frank Valdes, broke up the fight and tried to make them leave.
According to police the men turned on the club owner assaulted the owner and kicked him when he fell to the ground.The assault caused the owner to go into cardiac arrest.
Security guards outside tried to assist when the suspect vehicle accelerated towards one of them. The security guard jumped up onto the hood to avoid injury and the suspect left the scene.
Valdes was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
While at the scene, the suspect vehicle drove by, and multiple witnesses pointed the vehicle out. Officers quickly ran to their cars and stopped the vehicle nearby. Police identified the driver as Jose Ledesma-Hernandez and passenger Ramon De Jesus Garcia-Ibarra.
While searching the suspect vehicle, officers found a gun on the passenger side. During the investigation, Ramon Garcia-Ibarra was identified as one of two individuals that assaulted the owner. Police are still searching for the second suspect.
Jose Ledesma-Hernandez was identified as the suspect who struck the security guard with his vehicle.
TPD is asking the public for any information pertaining to this case, 918-596-COPS (918-596-2677).
A vigil is expected to honor the restaurant owner Wednesday night at 6 p.m. outside Miami Nights.
Anyone looking to help the Valdes family can donate to a GoFundMe page here.
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