SHEBOYGAN — An individual was unharmed after they were apparently held hostage inside a home on Sheboygan’s north side.
24-year-old Maria F. Ramirez, of 423 Wisconsin Avenue, was charged with felony false imprisonment-domestic abuse and misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Sheboygan County Court last week.
According to the criminal complaint, Sheboygan Police responded to 423 Wisconsin Avenue at approximately 4:56 PM on Friday, February 23rd after an individual called police saying she was being held hostage and that the suspect, later identified as Ramirez, had tried shooting her in the head.
As police arrived, officers began to take perimeter positions around the home. A dispatcher had been on the phone with the victim and asked her if she could escape from the residence. The individual indicated she was in the bedroom, barricaded the door, and could not reach the window. An officer heard on radio transmissions that the victim was hiding in the bedroom under a blanket and Ramirez was screaming that she was going to kill the victim.
As officers prepared to enter into the residence, they observed Ramirez walking towards the sidewalk from the rear of the house. She yelled, “It was me, it was me, I was the one that had the gun.” The woman was subsequently taken into custody. She made utterances that she was the one that officers were looking for, that it was a fake gun, and that she had hidden the gun in the basement of the house and that nobody was going to find it according to the criminal complaint.
Eventually, officers were able to locate a BB gun in the basement in a box. It appeared to be a CO2 powered BB pellet gun with no BBs or pellets and an empty cartridge. Ramirez was transported to the Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center based upon her condition. While initially cooperative, she became combative, banging her head in the squad car and screaming loudly at the officers. She began to violently lunge forward and backwards in an attempt to strike her head against the cage.
At some point, Ramirez unclipped her seat belt and was trying to stand in the rear seat of the vehicle, making statements that she wanted her mom and she did not want to go to jail.