Police Officer Assaulted While Responding to Incident

A police officer was assaulted on St. Croix while responding to a domestic violence incident, the V.I. Police Department reported.

On Sunday, at about 2:33 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports of a domestic disturbance in the Candido Guadalupe Housing Complex. Upon the arrival of the initial responding officer, the victim informed him that her partner, Joseph A. Ramirez, had damaged property in her apartment, according to the police report.

While the officer was investigating the matter, Ramirez entered the home and assaulted the police officer. The complainant, along with a good Samaritan, aided the officer. However, Rameriz assaulted the officer again, this time causing injury. Additional officers traveled to assist and were able to subdue Ramirez and place him under arrest, the police report stated.

Ramirez, 37 was arrested, and charged with attempted murder and assault in the third
degree and advised of his Miranda Rights. He was booked and transported to the John Bell
Correctional Facility after he did not pay the $100,000 bail. He remains incarcerated pending his advice of rights hearing, the report stated.