By Pat Maurer
The man who abducted a woman in the parking lot of the Central Michigan University Student Activity Center Wednesday evening “is no longer at large” CMU Police reported Thursday morning.
After a massive police search and a sighting near Gaylord, Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, of Mt. Pleasant was fatally wounded by a Crawford County Deputy after ramming two State Police vehicles and the deputy’s car in his attempts to escape.
The abduction, which police said happened around 9:30 p.m. January 17, was reported at 10:30 p.m.
According to CMU Police a Ramsey pointed a gun at the victim and took her south in her vehicle, a blue 2003 Ford Escape.
The ICSD release said he drove the victim to a home on South Crawford Road where he bound her and sexually assaulted her. He then put her back into the car, retrieved two gas cans and drove away. While driving he told the woman he was going to kill her.
The woman was able to escape from the man near South Mission and Blanchard Roads when she jumped from the moving vehicle, about 4 miles south of the campus. She ran to a nearby house for help and called police from there while one of the home’s residents locked the door.
Ramsey followed her and poured gasoline on the house and lit it on fire. There were four people in the home at the time.
He fled in the woman’s vehicle and soon after, one of the homeowners arrived and was able to extinguish the fire.
The victim was reported safe with officers at 12:45 a.m. Thursday morning. She was uninjured.
Police, assisted by other law enforcement agencies began a State-wide search for the suspect and vehicle.
After several hours, Regional Dispatch in Gaylord notified local officers that the vehicle had rammed a Michigan State Police Trooper’s vehicle.
Ramsey fled, stole a sanitation truck and then rammed another Michigan State Police Trooper, the ICSD release said.
Shortly after that, a Crawford County Deputy located the sanitation truck and Ramsey hit the deputy’s car head on. The deputy exited the patrol car, ran to the cab of the truck and fired shots, fatally wounding the suspect.
Ramsey had a lengthy record and was on parole after serving various sentences beginning in 2006 and 2007 including assault, assaulting an officer and assault with a dangerous weapon, and malicious destruction of fire/police property.
At 3:15 a.m. Thursday morning, he posted on Facebook, “Well folks I’m about to get shot. Peace.”
CMU Police were assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Shepherd Police, Chippewa Tribal Police and Isabella County Emergency Services Team during the search and investigation.
Police had scheduled a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.