YONKERS, N.Y. - A Bronx man has been arraigned on attempted murder and kidnapping charges after allegedly abducting his victim, firing his gun at her in the car, fleeing in Yonkers and leading police on a nine hour manhunt that ended in Hastings-on-Hudson.
On Tuesday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Johuan Ramos, 28, was arraigned on a six-count felony indictment that includes attempted murder, kidnapping and assault charges.
In the early hours of Monday, June 27, Ramos allegedly confronted his female victim in the elevator of her Aqueduct Avenue apartment in the Bronx, forcing her into his Chrysler at gunpoint. According to McCarty, he drove north on the New York State Thruway into Yonkers, where he told his victim he planned to kill her, then himself.
According to McCarty, as the vehicle approached the Yonkers Toll Plaza on I-87, the victim attempted to unbuckle her seatbelt and flee, at which point Ramos drove through the toll without paying. When Ramos reached for the gun in his lap and pointed it at the victim, when she yanked the steering wheel to the right, causing it to crash to allegedly avoid being shot.
The car continued to veer out of control, while Ramos shot the gun four times, hitting the windshield and steering wheel.
In the ensuing struggle, the victim attempted to gain control of the defendant, who bit her arm so hard he broke the skin. Ramos fled the vehicle into the woods near the Ardsley Rest Area before leading police on a nine hour manhunt. He would eventually be found hiding in a shed in Hastings-on-Hudson.
During the crash, Ramos’ victim suffered a fractured rib that pierced her lung, causing it to collapse. She also endured two other rib fractures, multiple bruises and welts. She was transported to the Intensive Care Unit of White Plains Hospital for treatment and released three days later
Ramos has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of attempted murder, criminal possession of a weapon, kidnapping and assault.He was remanded to Westchester County Jail. Ramos is due back in court on Thursday, Sept. 1, where he will face 25 years in prison.