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Police: Sterling man points gun at woman

Suspect served time for 2011 shooting

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 10:47 a.m. CDT

STERLING – A Sterling man who was convicted in a shooting a couple of years ago is now accused of threatening a woman with a gun. 

Austin J. Ramirez, 20, was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault, aggravated use of weapons and marijuana possession. 

According to Sterling police, Ramirez pointed a gun at a woman about 11 a.m. Christmas Eve at an apartment complex in the 200 block of East 25th Street. No shots were fired, police said. 

Police then alerted the public about Ramirez, who had fled. They said he was armed and dangerous and shouldn’t be approached. 

About 6 p.m. Christmas Day, police were told that Ramirez was in the 600 block of 14th Avenue. He was found in a house there and taken into custody. 

In March 2011, Ramirez, then 17, was accused of firing a gun and grazing another 17-year-old. The shooting happened in the 700 block of West Fifth Street in Sterling. 

He served 180 days in jail for that crime. 

In July, Ramirez was charged with attempted armed robbery, according to online court records. No other details were available. 

Shortly before he was arrested Christmas Day, Ramirez wrote on his Facebook page that police were “lurking” because of a shooting in town. He also referred to a woman who he said was “snitching,’” saying he would never “trust a girl in my whole life ever again.”

“I’m out here with the cops on da block,” he wrote. 

Ramirez was in the Whiteside County Jail on Thursday. He hadn’t been to court yet. 


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