Man steals one vehicle, then tries for another


HOPE, Ind.–Law enforcement on Tuesday evening put a man behind bars, accusing him of stealing a vehicle and committing battery. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were dispatched to a battery incident on State Road 9. The suspect was believed to be the same person who had stolen a vehicle in Columbus earlier in the night and he was thought to be armed.

On arrival, officers observed the stolen vehicle in the driveway of the residence and allegedly found a firearm within. The homeowner advised that a male suspect had forced his way into the home but had fled the scene after an altercation occurred when the suspect attempted to steal another vehicle parked in the driveway.

A Columbus Police Department K9 unit and a drone from the Columbus Fire Department assisted in efforts to locate the suspect who was located hiding in a field. After refusing to respond to commands, the suspect was apprehended by police dog, Max.

Wilmel Ramirez-Savinon, 22, of Columbus, was taken into custody and transferred to the Bartholomew County Jail. Ramirez-Savinon was charged with battery, burglary resulting in bodily injury, theft, unlawful entry of a vehicle, and resisting law enforcement.

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