William Lowell’s throat was slashed and he was lying on the floor of his Cape Coral garage
Police found Lowell’s body, riddled with stab wounds and unidentifiable, early June 22.
Lowell, 36, had been celebrating his son’s 12th birthday the night before. His wife, Tanya Lowell, brought their son and two daughters, ages 6 and 8, to his home on 2716 N.E. First Ave. She said they left at about 10:30 p.m. The Lowells had been living in separate residences two weeks before the incident.
Ronnie Perez, 26, arrived later that night and an argument erupted between he and William Lowell, according to Cape Coral Police Department detective Kurtis Grau’s report.
Grau does not indicate what ignited the dispute or why the men were together, but states that tensions escalated in the garage when Perez, now charged with second-degree homicide, attempted to leave.
“Perez states that he began to open the garage door via the wall-mounted opener and the victim told him to close it, which he did after he heard what he believed to be a firearm chambering a round,” wrote Grau.
During an initial interview with detectives, Perez reportedly said William Lowell pointed a gun at him. He later said he was unsure if William Lowell was armed, according to the report.
“Perez went back and forth several times on whether he saw a gun or not but could never be sure,” wrote Grau. “Perez stated that he grabbed a beer bottle and struck the victim in the face with it.”
Grau’s report details the violent struggle that ensued: William Lowell fell back onto a couch in the garage. He attempted to stand up and Perez placed his hand over his mouth, pushing him back down. William Lowell bit Perez’s left thumb. Perez reached for a knife lying nearby and began plunging it into William Lowell. Perez said he slashed William Lowell’s throat twice and stabbed him four or five times.
William Lowell suffered “extensive” lacerations, however the exact number of wounds are unknown as investigators await autopsy results.
Perez was covered in blood when he arrived home — he told his parents he’d been in a fight and might have killed someone, stated Grau. He then showered and had his parents drive him to the Cape Coral Police Department, where he allegedly confessed to the killing.
“Perez stated that he did not call an ambulance or the police for the victim because he was scared and he knew that the victim was dying,” wrote Grau.
Attempts to reach Perez’s family Thursday were unsuccessful.
An investigation into William Lowell’s death remains “open and active,” said police spokeswoman Dyan Lee. She declined to comment on the possibility of additional arrests in the case.