Ramirez arrested on multiple counts

November 13, 2010 • Local News

Servando Rodriguez Ramirez, 36, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, aggravated burglary and criminal sexual contact, Tuesday. The alleged incident took place around 6 a.m., Oct. 31.

The victim lived with her brother, and the criminal complaint said Ramirez told her brother the previous day that an Artesia dairy was holding job interviews around 6 a.m. The brother left the residence at 5:30 a.m. to get an interview. Around 6 a.m., the victim was awakened when an intruder [auth] put something over her face and attempted to undress her.

According to the complaint, the victim told the intruder she would do whatever he asked as long as they could leave the bedroom, which she shared with her 2-yearold daughter. The victim also told police she thought she recognized her attacker’s scent.

Victim and suspect went into the living room, where the victim attempted to turn on the lights. The intruder pulled his mask away, and the victim recognized Ramirez, whom she knew as Cano. Ramirez said he was going to kidnap her and take her to Mexico. The victim’s daughter had awakened and come into the living room.

The subject left. In his witness statement, the victim’s brother informed police he returned from Artesia after learning that the dairy was not hiring. Ramirez met him and said there were job openings in Lake Arthur. The brother followed Ramirez to Lake Arthur, but discovered there were no available jobs.

The victim picked out Ramirez’s picture from a photo array. Ramirez made his first appearance before Chaves County Magistrate Judge John Halvorson on Wednesday. He is currently being held at Chaves County Detention Center. Kidnapping is a first-degree felony that carries a sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment and $15,000 fine.

Criminal sexual penetration and aggravated burglary are second-degree felonies which carry a sentence of nine years and fines up to $10,000. Criminal sexual contact is a misdemeanor.

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