Syracuse man charged with manslaughter nearly three months after victim's death

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse man is charged with manslaughter in connection to the death of 54-year-old Edwin Oliveras.

Police say their investigation started on February 1, 2016 when officers found Oliveras unconscious at a home on Lilac Street.

Investigators later learned Oliveras was assaulted the day before.

Over the next several months, Oliveras was hospitalized and then released to an assisted living program.

On November 23, 2016 Oliveras passed away.

In January 2017, the Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Oliveras died as a result of his injuries from the original assault last year.

Investigators believe there was a fight between Oliveras and Ryan J. Brown, 29, of Syracuse, possibly over personal property. During the dispute, police say Brown struck Oliveras, causing the injuries that he would later die from.

The death of Oliveras was the 31st Homicide for the year 2016.

Brown was arrested Thursday and charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Brown was later lodged at the Onondaga County Justice Center. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at (315) 442-5222. 





On February 1st, 2016 at approximately 5:20 PM, Syracuse Police Officers responded to 152 Lilac Street in regards to a person down call. Rural Metro Ambulance and the Syracuse Fire Department also responded. Upon arrival, Officers located Edwin Oliveras, 54 years old, who was unconscious on the floor.

At the time of the initial investigation, there did not appear to be any external signs of injury. Officers were later advised that Edwin Oliveras has possibly been assaulted the day prior. According to family members, the assault was not reported to police at the time because Oliveras did not appear to be injured.

Detectives began an investigation into the assault at that time. Over the next several months, Oliveras was hospitalized and then released to an assisted living program. 

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