WHITE PLAINS – A Bronx man pled guilty in Westchester County Court to kidnapping, attempted murder and other charges stemming from the 2016 abduction of his girlfriend at gunpoint.
In the early morning hours of June 27, 2016, Johuan Ramos, 31, confronted the victim in the elevator of her building and at gunpoint forced her into his car where he drove on the Thruway north into Yonkers and told her he intended to kill her and then himself. He proceeded to punch her in the head.
As his car approached the Yonkers toll plaza, the victim tried to unbuckle her seatbelt in attempt to flee. Ramos drove through the toll without paying, reached for the gun he had placed in his lap and pointed it at the victim. She then pulled the steering wheel to the right, causing the car to crash, in order to avoid being shot. The car veered out of control while Ramos fired four shots.
Three rounds pierced the windshield and the fourth hit the steering wheel. As the victim tried to gain control of the gun, Ramos bit her arm and pierced the skin.
He then fled into the woods and led police on a nine-hour manhunt before he was found hiding in a shed in Hastings-on-Hudson.
The victim suffered a fractured rib, which pierced her lung causing it to collapse. She also sustained two other rib fractures and several bruises and welts.
Ramos pled guilty to attempted murder, kidnapping, two counts of assault, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.