Central Michigan University law enforcers received a report of an abduction at gunpoint and now law enforcement is saying that the “white” suspect is dead and the victim is recovering.
The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Student Activity Center around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night.
Investigators said the rapist forced a female victim into her vehicle at gunpoint before fleeing campus. Authorities say the man, who is described as a 30-year-old Mount Pleasant resident, bound and sexually assaulted the victim at a home before forcing her into a vehicle again. Cops said the rapist had 2 gas cans with him during the crime spree.
Law enforcement officials said the suspect told the victim he was going to kill her, and that’s when she managed to escape from the moving vehicle and ran to a nearby house for help. A resident at the S. Mission Road home let her in and immediately locked the door. The rapist went to that home and set the house on fire with gasoline. The home owner was able to extinguish the fire after a short time.
The rapist fled the scene in the victim’s SUV and several hours later, Mt. Pleasant authorities were notified by Gaylord 911 that the rapist vehicle had just rammed an MSP cruiser. A chase began, during which several cop cars were damaged. Authorities said when one cruiser was rammed, a Michigan State trooper shot and killed the suspect.
During the news conference on Thursday morning, Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski and Central Michigan University Law Enforcement Chief Bill Yeagley met with reporters to discuss the abduction and said the suspect had an extensive criminal background.
Yeagley said during the conference that the victim is now with family. Investigators said the victim had been told by her attacker that he chose her randomly and because she was alone — two other women he had scoped out on campus had been accompanied by another person. Yeagley said CMU would ramp up security measures with extra patrols.
Authorities has identified the deceased rapist as Eric Lee Ramsey. A Facebook page belonging to Ramsey the rapist was found and on it he posted 8 hours ago via mobile phone, “Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace.” According to information on that page, Ramsey was from Shepherd and had a young son.
Late Thursday afternoon, authorities learned that the gun Ramsey was carrying during the ordeal was really a BB-gun.