Phoenix police tape surrounded the home of Bryan Patrick Miller, 42, Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Phoenix, who was arrested Tuesday for the 1990s killings of two women. His home was combed through by investigators Thursday and will likely be for the next several days, 20 years after the crimes took place.
Before his arrest early this week in the 1990s killings of Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas, Miller evaded possible capture nearly 13 years ago in Washington state, Chron News reported.
Melissa Ruiz-Ramirez was out walking in Everett, Washington, on May 23, 2002, when she accepted a ride from a man she recognized from a friend’s apartment complex. In the car they discussed how some of the trails and pathways near that complex were dangerous. That man then took her to his work where he stabbed her in the back with a 12-inch serrated knife.
Miller was arrested in the attack but was acquitted after saying Ruiz-Ramirez tried to rob him. He moved back to Arizona shortly after and quietly resumed his life before his arrest earlier this week.
This wasn’t the only arrest Miller evaded. In high school, he randomly stabbed a woman at a Phoenix mall but only served time until age 18, Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said. The Washington state case didn’t require him to submit DNA because he was exonerated.
DNA evidence recently collected by undercover officers now links him to the 1990s killings of Angela Brosso and Melanie Bernas, police said.
Brosso, 22, was killed in November 1992, and Bernas, 17, died in September 1993. Both disappeared while bicycling near the Arizona canal. Both bodies were later discovered. Brosso’s decapitated body surfaced near an apartment complex and Bernas’ body was discovered floating in the water about 1½ miles away.
Crump said so far, there is no evidence that Miller knew either victim. A bike was found in a shed in Miller’s backyard, but Crump said it wasn’t immediately known if it belonged to either victim.
Miller is being held on two counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping and one count of sexual assault. He appeared in court Wednesday, sans an attorney. According to police, he denied any involvement in the murders during a police interview. He acknowledged living near where the murders took place and that he rode his bike on the bike paths.