Man wanted for skipping bail found hiding in his closet

By BILL SCHANEN IV

Ozaukee Press staff

A 33-year-old Saukville man wanted by authorities after he skipped bail on a felony case accusing him of hurting a police officer during a scuffle was found hiding in a closet in his apartment last month and arrested.

Luis A. Fuentes Ramos is now charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with six counts of bail jumping, two of them felonies.

Fuentes Ramos was initially charged in June with multiple crimes after authorities received a 911 call and, on an open line, heard a woman saying, “Stop hitting me,” according to the criminal complaint.

A dispatcher was able to determine that the call came from the northwest corner of an apartment building in Saukville and, after officers managed to get buzzed into the building, they were met at the apartment by Fuentes Ramos, who told them he was drunk, the complaint states.

A woman in the apartment said Fuentes Ramos hit her, and when she attempted to call 911 he took away her cell phone. She said that when she went to her children’s room to use one of their phones, Fuentes Ramos followed her and continued to argue with her, noting that this type of fight has happened before, according to the complaint.

When officers told Fuentes Ramos he was under arrest and ordered him to get off of the couch, he refused and said he wanted to talk to the woman, the complaint states.

The officers attempted to handcuff Fuentes Ramos, then took him to the ground, but he struggled with greater force and had to be stunned, according to the complaint.

During the scuffle, one officer suffered an abrasion that broke his skin and bruises.

Fuentes Ramos was charged with resisting arrest causing substantial bodily harm to an officer and theft, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of resisting an officer, battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping.

He was free on bail at the time in a drunken driving case in Milwaukee County.

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Steve Cain set Fuentes Ramos’ bail at $5,000 and ordered him not to have contact with the woman or their apartment.

On June 27, Fuentes Ramos posted bail and was released from jail.

Fuentes Ramos was scheduled to appear in court for a July 19 hearing, but he did not show up. His lawyer said Fuentes Ramos had told him he didn’t have a ride to court.

Cain, noting that Fuentes Ramos could have walked from Saukville to the Justice Center in Port Washington, ordered his bail forfeited and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Fuentes Ramos’ whereabouts was unknown until Oct. 20 when police received information that he was living at the apartment where he was initially arrested.

A day later, an officer went to the apartment and heard a male voice. When he knocked on the door, the woman who called police to the apartment in June said Fuentes Ramos was not there, but children in the apartment told him Fuentes Ramos was hiding in a closet, the complaint states.

A police dog found Fuentes Ramos in the closet of the master bedroom.

Bail for Fuentes Ramos is now set at $10,000.

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