Grandma of CMU rape suspect: "I can't imagine him doing it"

1:51 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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MOUNT PLEASANT (WZZM) -- Eric Ramsey's grandmother says she can't picture him kidnapping and raping a Central Michigan University student and then provoking police to shoot him.

But police say Ramsey is the man who attacked the woman, then led them on a cross-state chase.

"It's terrible and I can't imagine him doing it," says Joyce Brown, Ramsey's grandmother.

A deputy shot and killed Ramsey early Thursday morning, several hours after detectives say he kidnapped the West Michigan woman in Mount Pleasant.

Investigators say Ramsey forced the victim to drive her own car to a residence on South Crawford Street in Shepherd. There, they say, he sexually assaulted the woman. He then forced her into the back of her car, telling her he would kill her.

The woman managed to get out of the car as it was moving, and ran to a nearby home for help. There, three children let her inside and called 911 and the father, who was at work.

Police say Ramsey banged on the door, demanding to be let inside, then tried to set the house on fire and drove away. The children's father soon arrived and put out the fire before emergency crews arrived.

According to investigators, police spotted the car in Gaylord and began a pursuit. They say Ramsey rammed a Michigan State Police cruiser and stole a garbage company's flatbed truck and continued running. Ramsey then rammed into two more troopers' vehicles near Frederic before a Crawford County deputy shot and killed him.

Ramsey was a violent criminal on parole, but his grandmother says she had seen him earlier in the day and there were no warning signs.

"I don't know what happened at all," she says. "I just know he is dead. I couldn't believe it. He was fine. He was helping me and helping my son. And he's not around to defend himself and say what actually happened."

The 22-year-old CMU student who police say was kidnapped on campus has a broken arm and other injures.

Before he was killed, Ramsey had time to put a farewell on Facebook. His last post: "Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace."


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