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Two arrested in Hamilton beating death

Leeanna Rayas & Phillip Smith Jr. Source: Hamilton Police Leeanna Rayas & Phillip Smith Jr. Source: Hamilton Police

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton Police have arrested two people wanted in connection with the July 14 murder of Samuel Baez-Rosa.

30-year-old Leeanna Rayas has been charged with one count each of Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Complicity. Phillip Smith Jr., 31. has been charged with one count each of Aggravated Murder and Aggravated Robbery.

The arrests are the culmination of a nearly two-week investigation into the baseball bat beating death of Samuel Baez-Rosa.

Detective Division Commander Lieutenant Scott Scrimizzi praised the investigators for their dogged determination and hard earned success by stating, "I am proud of the work they do every day, but building a murder case like this from what little they had to work with is simply exceptional. These arrests are a testament to the commitment of all Hamilton officers that this type of violence will not be tolerated, and those who perpetrate such acts will be brought to justice."

Both subjects are being held in the Butler County Jail pending their preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municipal Court. The apparent motive of the attack was robbery, and there is no indication that race or other bias played any role in the incident.


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