Defendant: Johuan Ramos (DOB: 05/08/88)

Aug. 19, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Johuan Ramos of the Bronx pleaded guilty to kidnapping, attempted murder and other charges related to the 2016 abduction of his girlfriend at gunpoint.

Specifically, Ramos pleaded guilty to:

  • One count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A” Felony,
  • One count of Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • One count of Assault in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • Two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies.
  • One count of Assault in the Second Degree, a “D” Felony.

State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit accepted the plea. Ramos is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 17, 2019.

In the early morning hours of June 27, 2016 at 2609 Aqueduct Ave., in the Bronx, the defendant confronted the victim in the elevator of her building and at gunpoint forced her into his car, a black Chrysler 300 sedan. The defendant then drove the victim north on the New York State Thruway into Yonkers. He told her he intended to kill her and then himself. He proceeded to punch the victim in the head.

As the vehicle approached the Yonkers Toll Plaza, the victim tried to unbuckle her seatbelt in an attempt to flee. The defendant then drove through the toll without paying, reached for the gun he had placed in his lap and pointed it at the victim. The victim then pulled the steering wheel to the right, causing the car to crash in order to avoid being shot. The car continued to veer out of control while the defendant fired his gun four times.
Three shots pierced the windshield and a fourth shot hit the steering wheel. As the victim was attempting to gain control of the gun from the defendant, he bit her arm so hard he pierced her skin. The defendant ran into the woods near the Ardsley Rest Area. He then led police on a nine-hour manhunt before he was found hiding in a shed in Hastings-On-Hudson.

Due to the crash, the victim suffered a fracture of one of her ribs which pierced her lung causing it to collapse. She also sustained two additional rib fractures and multiple bruises and welts. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of White Plains Hospital and discharged three days later.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mary Clark-DiRusso, Deputy Chief of the Domestic Violence Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Owein Levin of the Special Prosecutions Division.


Johuan Ramos



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