“Literally, he just fell at my feet like a ton of bricks,” said the North Third Street resident, who did not want to give his name for fear of his safety.
Louie Ramos, 40, of Patterson, was arrested after he walked away from a halfway house in Oakland where he was completing a sentence for being a convicted felon with a firearm, according to Tim Merrell of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Fresno substation.
Ramos is awaiting prison designation in Fresno County Jail, where he is in the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons, Merrell said. He may face federal felony escape charges, in addition to local charges of evading police and drug possession, Merrell said.
Ramos, who was armed with a knife, was believed to be armed and dangerous, Merrell said.
The resident who witnessed the arrest said the suspect fell into his yard over the fence when police shocked him with the Taser. He said he went into his backyard with an aluminum bat and told the man not to move when he hit the ground.
Authorities found two wads of cash, a knife, two bags of black tar heroin and a syringe on the suspect when they arrested him, the witness said.
He said the suspect drove through a stop sign at North Third and J streets before hitting a curb on J Street next to Patterson Self Storage off Highway 33 and leaving his vehicle sometime around noon after law enforcement agents pursued him.
From there, the man ran into the alley, jumped a fence into a yard and hopped another fence.
The suspect ended up in the pool area of the house next door to the witness’ house, a property previously owned by the witness’ parents, he said.
Sgt. John Walker of Patterson Police Services said the U.S. Marshals Service contacted Patterson police upon learning that Ramos might be in the area, and it turned out the escapee had a connection to another case local police were working on.
Detective David Hickman of Patterson Police Services helped find Ramos, Walker said.
Merrell said Patterson Police Services helped the U.S. Marshals Service tremendously in the case. The Merced County Sheriff's Department also assisted in the matter, he said.
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