Rifle, Parachute police arrest a man accused of attempted murder
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE ” Police arrested a man Wednesday accused of drunkenly trying to choke his girlfriend to death.
On Thursday, a judge advised Joshua Alvin Ramsey, 22, of Rifle, of his rights and the charges against him: attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and violation of bail bonds conditions. Ramsey did not post a $200,000 bond by Thursday afternoon.
According to Rifle police, Ramsey’s girlfriend arrived at the Rifle Police Department on Wednesday and said she was attacked Jan. 26. The woman told police Ramsey was drunk and angry she wouldn’t drive him to Missouri, and that he swerved on the road driving from Parachute to Rifle and laughed that he would kill them both, an arrest affidavit says.
They arrived back at their apartment around 11 p.m. and Ramsey repeatedly asked her if she wanted to die, the affidavit says. He allegedly grabbed her neck, said he would break it and twisted it forcefully.
The affidavit says the woman felt her neck “pop” and that Ramsey threw her to the floor when she tried to get away and kicked her several times. She begged him to stop and he told her she deserved it, the document states.
The woman told police Ramsey threw her onto a bed and choked her repeatedly until she got dizzy, and then he acted like nothing happened the next day, the affidavit says.
The officer wrote that he saw purple and brown marks on the woman’s neck and a 2.5 inch red cut on her forehead.
The affidavit says the woman told police they used “meth” together in the past and Ramsey has been violent and abusive toward her for a long time. Court documents say they’d lived in Kansas, where Ramsey was born, and lived together in Rifle since December.
Parachute police arrested Ramsey after the Rifle police interviewed the alleged victim.
According to police, Ramsey said the two were arguing and that the woman spent $200 on “crack” that day, but he never put his hands around her throat. He told police the woman got a black eye at her job and that the cat scratched her face, the affidavit says.
The violation of bail bond conditions charge is for a 2007 case in which Ramsey was accused of burglary and menacing charges. That case is unresolved. Ramsey appears for formal filing of charges on Feb. 13.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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