Grand jury indicts Ramos, rape suspect who eluded police

Police said Luis Cruz Ramos drove his car through Campbell, Youngstown and Boardman before crashing and fleeing on foot

Luis Cruz Ramos

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A grand jury has indicted a rape suspect who police shot and arrested in Youngstown on Friday, April 1.

Of the 13 counts filed Thursday against Luis Cruz Ramos, Mahoning County prosecutors say half a dozen of them involve the suspect shooting at different police officers during the wild chase through Campbell, Boardman and Youngstown on March 30. Ramos has been indicted on 10 counts of felonious assault and one count each of failing to comply with police, resisting arrest, and having a weapon under disability.

“Ramos allegedly fired at least four rounds at officers while he was running in Lake Park Cemetery attempting to flee police,” said Mahoning County Prosecutor Paul Gains.

Ramos is also accused of trying to hit other officers with the white van he was driving during the pursuit, essentially using the vehicle as a weapon. He led police on a manhunt that lasted more than 30 hours after evading capture in the cemetery.

Gains said the indictment covers the initial pursuit. He said the U.S. Attorney is also reviewing the evidence from Ramos’ capture Friday afternoon.

Prosecutors say Ramos is from Puerto Rico, where he had been on probation for a sexual assault case but left there after being accused in several theft cases.

“Our understanding, he’s been here for a couple years. He’s been working installing granite in homes and things of that sort,” said Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Marty Desmond.

If he is eventually convicted, Gains said Ramos could easily spend the rest of his life behind bars.

“There is an estimated maximum of 136 years on state charges before he’s eligible for parole,” he said.

Ramos is set to appear on these new charges Tuesday morning.

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