Youngstown chase suspect appears in court Wednesday

Luis Cruz Ramos led multiple police agencies on a chase through Campbell, Boardman and Youngstown

The man who led police on a chase and manhunt appears in Mahoning County Court.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man police accuse of shooting at officers and leading them on a chase and manhunt that lasted over 30 hours appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Luis Cruz Ramos, 30, is facing charges of having weapon under disability, carrying a concealed weapon and aggravated menacing. Youngstown Police said Ramos will likely be charged with at least one count of felonious assault, which stems from a March 30 chase through Campbell, Boardman and Youngstown, where police said he fired on officers.

Photos: Luis Cruz Ramos capture

Wincing in obvious pain, Cruz Ramos Ramos needed a walker to get around Wednesday afternoon as he appeared on closed circuit video in Youngstown Municipal Court. At times he could be seen rubbing his thigh, where investigators shot him when they apprehended him last Friday.

The chase lasted more than two hours and ended on Interstate 680, where Cruz Ramos wrecked the van he was driving. He then ran into nearby Lake Park Cemetery, where he eluded police.

Paramedics took him to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital following his arrest. He was transferred to the Mahoning County Jail on Monday.

On Wednesday, Cruz Ramos requested a court-appointed lawyer and a reasonable bond.

Prosecutors said while Ramos faces charges in Puerto Rico from a sexual assault case involving a disabled victim, they also indicate his problems here are far from over.

“The state is asking for a bond of $1 million. We also anticipate, your Honor, there will be felony charges presented to the grand jury tomorrow,” Assistant City Prosecutor Kathleen Thompson told the judge.

The judge agreed, setting bond at $500,000 each for the two felonies against Ramos and another $50,000 on the menacing count. He also ordered an interpreter be available for the suspect at all his future hearings, as Cruz Ramos said he only knows a little English.

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