- Editor’s Note: The following is a press release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.
An Aurora man has been sent to prison for fighting with a police officer who was trying to serve him with an arrest warrant while the man was unlawfully armed with a handgun.
Roberto B. Ramos, 29, of the 600 block of Hartford Avenue, Aurora, was sentenced Thursday, May 8, 2014, by Circuit Judge Karen Simpson to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Ramos was convicted March 11, 2014, by a Kane County jury of armed violence, a Class X felony.
At about 5 p.m. July 27, 2012, two Aurora officers saw Ramos outside of a home in the 700 block of East Galena Boulevard, Aurora. They approached the home with the intent of serving him with an arrest warrant and identified themselves as police.
Ramos reached for his waistband and tried to run. One of the officers attempted to subdue Ramos. Ramos resisted, turned to run and pushed the officer into a wooden pillar on the porch. As the struggle continued, Ramos pulled a .380-caliber handgun from his waistband, threw it toward an acquaintance and told him to take it and run. The second officer then helped to subdue and arrest Ramos.
The handgun, which was loaded, was recovered by police before the acquaintance could grab it and run. The officer who wrestled with Ramos sustained injuries during the altercation. He since has recovered.
Ramos was convicted in 2011 of aggravated domestic battery, which prohibits him from possessing a handgun. Ramos told police after his July 2012 arrest that he owned the gun as protection from rival gang members.
According to Illinois law, Ramos is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for time served in the Kane County jail.
“A priority of this office is to remove violent gang members from the community. The residents of Aurora are safer as a result of this sentence,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.
“Thanks to Aurora investigators Abel Villanueva and Clark Johnson, and also to Assistant State’s Attorneys Alex Bederka and Mark D. Stajdohar.”
SOURCE: Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office