Man captured by US Marshals for rape, shooting

Posted at 8:58 PM, Apr 01, 2016

US Marshals captured a man wanted for the rape of a 14-year-old and for allegedly shooting at police officers during a pursuit.

On Thursday around 1:00 p.m., members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force were involved in a shooting with fugitive Luis Cruz-Ramos, 30.

Officials said Cruz-Ramos was initially being sought for the 2013 rape of a 14-year-old victim out of Puerto Rico.

Recently, local police attempted to stop Cruz-Ramos in a car. However, he fled from officers. During the pursuit he allegedly shot at officers, striking a Youngstown police cruiser in the windshield.  A manhunt began immediately in the Youngstown and Boardman areas.

On Thursday afternoon, members of NOVFTF spotted Cruz-Ramos near the intersection of Lowell Avenue and Rush Boulevard in Youngstown. Officers chased Cruz-Ramos on foot. During the chase, Cruz-Ramos showed a weapon. 

Officers fired at Cruz-Ramos, striking him at least once. He was taken into custody and transported to local medical facilities in an unknown condition.  No injuries to police or the public were reported.