Oakland suspect arrested for homicide, setting body on fire

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An Oakland homicide suspect was arrested three weeks after a body was set on fire along an East Bay interstate. 

According to the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division, Raul Ramirez-Perez, 22, of Oakland, was arrested for the murder of Nathan Kolasa, 47. 

On August 1, around 1:25 a.m., Kolasa’s body was found burning next to the 17th Street offramp of Interstate-980. 

Firefighters were initially called to the blaze to extinguish a brush fire.

“Officers were advised by members of the Oakland Fire Department that after extinguishing the fire, they located a deceased person who had suffered burns,” the CHP wrote.

CHP detectives took over the investigation and determined that Kolasa had died before the fire ignited. “Kolasa had suffered significant traumatic injuries which caused his death prior to the fire starting,” investigators wrote. The victim was reportedly beaten to death with a metal pole.

Ramirez-Perez was identified as a prime suspect. On Friday, he was booked into Santa Rita Jail on charges of arson and murder.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.

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