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

Oct. 25, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Johuan Ramos of the Bronx was sentenced Friday to 13 years in prison for kidnap, attempted murder and other charges related to the 2016 gunpoint abduction of his girlfriend. Ramos pleaded guilty to all charges earlier this year.

Specifically State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit sentenced Ramos to the following:

  • On one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony -- 13 years in state prison
  • On one count of Kidnapping in the Second Degree, a class B felony -- 13 years in state prison
  • On one count of Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony -- 13 years in state prison
  • On two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, class C felonies -- 13 years in state prison for each count.
  • On one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony -- 7 years in prison

All sentences will run concurrently. In addition, Ramos was sentenced to 5 years’ post-release supervision.

In the early morning hours of June 27, 2016, on Aqueduct Avenue in the Bronx, Johuan Ramos confronted the victim in the elevator of her building and, at gunpoint, forced her into his car, a black Chrysler sedan. Ramos 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 seat belt in an attempt to flee. Ramos 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 attempted to wrest control of the gun, Ramos bit her arm. Ramos fled the car and 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 fractured rib which pierced her lung causing it to collapse. She also sustained two additional rib fractures and multiple bruises and welts. She was admitted to White Plains Hospital and discharged three days later.

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

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