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Rincon man dies in apparent murder-suicide
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A Rincon man with a violent criminal history was involved in a murder-suicide Thursday night, according to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Ramon Anthony Mooney, 48, of Rincon and Bera Elaine Ribel, 60, of Tybee Island were found death inside Ribel’s Estill Hammock Road home around 10:20 p.m.

According to the SCMPD, neighbors alerted police after Ribel family members asked to check on her. The two had been involved in a relationship that had ended recently, according to the SCMPD.

Investigators called the incident a murder-suicide and stated Mooney and Ribel both were shot to death. SCMPD spokesman Julian Miller, citing the ongoing investigation, did not confirm that Mooney shot Ribel before turning the gun on himself.

Mooney was a registered sex offender, with his address listed as 519 W. 9th St. in Rincon. He was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in 2011, according to online records.

Mooney also was arrested and charged with kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct in 2003 after he raped and threatened to kill his then-wife, according to published reports.

In that incident, Mooney reportedly forced his wife into their car and ordered her at knifepoint to drive to Beaufort, S.C. He raped her and threatened to kill her with a butcher knife.

A deputy passing by noticed Mooney’s car parked at an abandoned gas station and intervened.

SCMPD declined to comment further on the details of Thursday’s murder-suicide, such as whether Mooney forced his way into Ribel’s home or if she had been aware of Mooney’s criminal history.