A wanted felon on the run from California learned last week that hiding in Pike County was a decision that he would regret.
On the afternoon of Oct. 6, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a call from a homicide investigator in California informing than that there was an outstanding warrant in their jurisdiction for a wanted fugitive that was possibly hiding in Glenwood. The investigator informed the sheriff’s department that the wanted individual had an outstanding warrant with a $100,000,000 bond in connection with a homicide as a result of a stabbing. Following the call, the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a copy of the warrant and picture of the suspect.
After receiving the information, Sheriff Charlie Caldwell called a meeting with the Glenwood Police Department interim chief, Jerry Lowery. Caldwell, Pike County Chief Deputy David Shelby, and Lowery then formulated a plan to ascertain the location of the individual. With tremendous community effort involved in identifying the individual as he had been seen around town, officers confirmed the location of the wanted subject. A team was assembled to perform a tactical entry of the residence. The unit consisted of the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Glenwood Police Department, the Arkansas State Police, and medical support from Guardian EMS.
When officers arrived on scene, they immediately secured the residence and took Jimmy Ray Ramos, 30, of Porterville, Cali., into custody from inside the residence he was using as a safe haven. The tactical encounter was completed without any injury or incidents.
Ramos is currently being held in the Pike County Detention Facility pending extradition to California.