Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Police hunt man accused of shooting estranged wife

Lonnie Ramos, 44, and his son Ryan Ramos, 9.

With 855 backed up emails.. I think it's safe to say I've been very busy with something other than the news the last few weeks.. I've been working on a Writ of Habeas Corpus..

Anywho.. I attempted to get rid of some of the emails I had and I came accross this story.. which is over a week old.

So I said to myself.. "self if you want to read your emails a week later ... that means you get to find the updates so you have a clue what's what..who's who.. and which way the wind blows.." (smile)

So.. first I bring you the original story then I'll add the updates at the end...

Lonnie Ramos of Portola Hills fled with couple's 9-year-old son.

PORTOLA HILLS - The couple had hostile encounters when exchanging custody of their 9-year-old son in the past, and on Wednesday evening, authorities said, 46-year-old Lonnie Ramos grabbed a 9mm and shot his estranged wife in the face.

Investigators are looking for Ramos and his 9-year-old boy, Ryan, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Authorities are also looking for two of Ramos' vehicles that have gone missing and a 39-foot RV he rented Tuesday night.

According to court records, Ramos and his 41-year-old wife Gynnae Ramos had been undergoing a contentious divorce battle since May 2003, in which both had filed restraining orders against the other. One of the major points was the custody of their son Ryan, which was awarded primarily to his mother.

After she filed for divorce in May 2003, Gynnae Ramos sought to reduce the amount of time that Lonnie Ramos had custody of their son, stating she had been threatened by Ramos and she was afraid he would take out his anger on their child.

"You're going to get yours in the end," Gynnae Ramos said her husband told her during Ryan's pre-school graduation on May 17, 2007, according to an affidavit.

According to court records filed by Ramos and his attorney, Ramos stated he believed his wife was trying to prevent him from having a relationship with his son.

It was about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when Gynnae Ramos drove to her husband's home at the 19000 block of Torres Way, authorities said. She was accompanied by a friend and a 4-year-old girl when Ramos allegedly shot through the car's windshield, hitting her in the face and the torso.

The woman in the front seat grabbed the wheel from Gynnae and drove to a Ralphs shopping center at 26751 Portola Parkway. Paramedics treated the wounded woman and took her to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, where she is listed in stable condition.

Authorities issued an Amber alert Thursday, hoping to receive tips on the location of Ramos' 2004 Chevrolet Suburban, with license plate 5LTC712, or red Porsche convertible with license plate 4BWU827.

Investigators now believe Ramos may be driving a 39-foot, gold and purple, Fleetwood Providence RV with a license plate of 5EGW556, Amormino said.

It is unclear why the three vehicles are all missing, but it could be Ramos planned to switch vehicles to go undetected, Amormino said.

On Thursday, neighbors said they were stunned to hear the man they saw playing ball with his son could be involved in the shooting.

"His life was his kid," said Michelle Riel. "Everyone is shocked."

Along with the divorce and custody battles, neighbors said Lonnie Ramos had been going through hard financial times. According to records, Ramos owned his own business – Big Star Construction. In Jan. 31, his general contractor license expired. In 2005, he purchased a $1.2 million home on Torres Way, records show, where the shooting took place.

"He just went off the deep end," said neighbor Jason Riel. On Tuesday, "he was really out of it."

Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's Department responded three times to Lonnie Ramos' home in Portola Hills, Amormino said. Two of those calls were regarding a custody exchange. At Gynnae Ramos' Orange home, police responded once in 2007.

During one exchange, according to court records, the couple argued through an open car door as Lonnie Ramos tried to drive away with Ryan in the passenger's seat.

On Aug. 15, 2005, Lonnie Ramos filed a motion of contempt, stating that Gynnae failed to pass custody of their son on several occasions.

On Feb. 1, 2006, Gynnae requested to have Lonnie Ramos' custody reduced.

"He is extremely aggressive and verbally abusive," Gynnae Ramos stated in the declaration. "He seems mentally unstable."

According to court records, Lonnie Ramos was checked into a hospital in Dallas, Texas in November 1999 after attempting to commit suicide.

After the shooting Wednesday, Ramos attempted to buy plane tickets at John Wayne Airport but was unable to do so because he refused to issue an identification or submit a name, Amormino said.

"He knows we're looking for him," Amormino said.

He is known to have family in Texas and Washington D.C. Anyone with information is asked to call 714-647-7419 or 174-628-7170.

News Researcher Michael Doss and reporters Erika I. Ritchie and Aaron Thorburn contributed to this report.

Contact the writer: or 949-454-7367

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