Vermont murder suspects chased and caught in Dutchess County

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TOWN OF CLINTON – Suspects in a Tuesday morning homicide in the parking lot of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, Vermont were apprehended by police in Dutchess County on Tuesday evening, 250 miles away from the crime scene.

The original account of the pursuit and subsequent manhunt can be found by clicking here.

On the morning of March 1, Vermont State Police responded to a report of a man that had been shot and killed in the hospital parking lot at approximately 8:50 a.m.  The investigation by Vermont police resulted in a search for a gray Jeep Wrangler with Connecticut license plate AX74330 that had been seen on security footage while leaving the scene of the shooting.

At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, New York State Police were pursuing the Jeep traveling southbound on the Taconic State Parkway.  The vehicle refused to stop, reaching speeds of more than 100 MPH.  State police deployed spike strips, known as “Stingers” to flatten the vehicle’s tires and disable the vehicle.  The vehicle became disabled in the vicinity of Willow Lane in the Town of Clinton and the subjects fled on foot, resulting in a multi-agency manhunt.

Photo of Stinger tire spikes

One suspect was eventually captured by a State Trooper, with the assistance of a K9 officer at 5:45 p.m. in the vicinity of 564 East Schultzville Road in Stanfordville.  The second suspect was apprehended a short time later near 83 Pumpkin Lane in the Town of Clinton.

One suspect, 36-year-old Jerry Ramirez of Brooklyn was charged by New York State Police with the misdemeanor of Unlawful Fleeing of an Officer in a Motor Vehicle.  The subject was issued an appearance ticket because no legal warrants had been provided by the State of Vermont.

The second suspect is currently in a Dutchess County hospital where he has been interviewed by Vermont State Police investigators.