(Gillette, Wyo.) In this afternoon's blotter
we reported that Gillette Police
were searching for a 44 year old man in response to an aggravated assault
case they were investigating Tuesday night.
At 8 a.m. this morning, Manuel Ramirez was arrested for aggravated assault,
strangulation, felonious restraint, interference with a 911 call, and
According to court documents, the arresting officer, who had previous
contact with Ramirez's 30 year old girlfriend, barely recognized the woman
while taking her statement at Campbell County Hospital. She stated that she
had started dating Ramirez six weeks ago while she was still incarcerated.
While arguing about various relationship problems, Ramirez allegedly
threatened to kill Dawn and harm her family if she tried to leave him, and
then held a knife to her head.
Ramirez then told his girlfriend he was "just joking," and left the
apartment for a short time. When he returned, she refused to drink with
him, citing the terms of her probation, which is when she claims he held
her down on the bed, choking her. He also allegedly punched her in the head
a dozen times.
She attempted to escape and call 911 several times, but was reportedly
thrown to the ground and had her phone taken away. Ramirez claimed he was
part of a cartel, and that he would have her and her family killed if she
went to police. She eventually was able to run out of apartment, covered
only in a blanket, where she found a neighbor sitting in his car. The
neighbor's wife took the woman to the hospital.
Ramirez appeared in Circuit Court today, where he was charged with felony
strangulation, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor false
imprisonment. Together it could mean a six year sentence. His bond was set
at $15,000 and he was taken to the Campbell County Detention Center.