Woman dead after domestic-related shooting in Ontelaunee Township Friday morning

The Northern Berks Regional Police Department and Berks County Detectives are investigating the death of a woman after a shooting in Ontelaunee Township Friday morning. The incident occurred near the intersection of Pottsville Pike (Route 61) and Snyder Road at around 6:15am. Berks County District Attorney John Adams has said the incident stemmed from a domestic related matter between the husband and wife.

According to investigators, two individuals were involved in a physical altercation. Multiple calls were being received by the Berks County Department of Emergency Services – 911 Center. One caller reported witnessing a male shoot a female in the head. It was reported the male then fled the scene in a black sports utility vehicle.

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Northern Berks Police Department arrived on the scene and observed an unresponsive female lying in the middle of the westbound lane on Snyder Road with an apparent life- threatening wounds. The victim was transported to Reading Hospital. The victim was later identified as Librad Reyes De Peralta.

At the scene, officers located a “work identification card” in the name of Ignacio Peralta Agramonte.  

Officers interviewed witnesses to this incident at the scene. Witnesses observed a male wearing a red and black baseball hat, red shirt, and black shorts, shoot the female the victim, who fell to the ground. The male shooter got into a vehicle and fled the scene. 

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A short time later, the Northern Berks Regional Police Department were advised that a male had called from the 2000 block Kutztown Road in Reading and admitted to shooting his wife. This male stated the shooting occurred near Ashley Furniture along Route 61.

Subsequently, officers with the Northern Berks Regional Police and the Reading Police Department responded to the Kutztown Road address. There they encountered Ignacio De La Cruz Peralta Agramonte. Investigators say he stated multiple times, “I did it, I’m sorry.”

Officers learned that Peralta Agramonte advised he had a firearm in his vehicle. This vehicle was identified as a black Toyota Venza bearing Pennsylvania registration. Later, this vehicle was found parked on Kutztown Road.  

At the hospital, De Peralta (victim) was pronounced dead at 7:04 am by a critical care physician. Deputy Coroner Todd Kegerise, Berks County Coroner’s Office, preliminarily determined De Peralta’s cause of death to be “multiple gunshot wounds, and stab wounds”.

Peralta Agramonte was subsequently transported to the Berks County Detectives Office. Berks County Detectives had a general conversation with Peralta Agramonte, in which they say was not directly related to the homicide. At that time, Peralta Agramonte uttered “I made a mistake; I took her life”.

Detectives with the Berks County Detectives Office interviewed Jose Peralta Agramonte, brother of Ignacio. Jose stated that Ignacio called him at 6:52am and told him that he had killed his wife (De Peralta). Igancio arrived at Jose’s residence on Kutztown Road a short time later and was subsequently taken into custody.

On Friday, detectives with the Berks County Detectives Office obtained a warrant of arrest for Ignacia De La Cruz Peralta Agramonte. The warrant was issued by District Judge Brian Strand.

Ignacia De La Cruz Peralta Agramonte was taken to the Berks County Sheriff’s Department Central Processing Center for processing and awaiting preliminary arraignment. He has been charged with murder and several related charges.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant, Ignacio De La Cruz Peralta Agramonte is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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