Youngstown-area manhunt defendant changes mind about plea

Tuesday, Cruz Ramos was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison on federal charges

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The man who led police on a chase and then manhunt throughout parts of Youngstown will now head to trial for the charges he faces in Mahoning County.

Luis Cruz Ramos was supposed to make a plea Wednesday in court on those charges, but his attorney says he changed his mind.

Tuesday, he appeared in court on federal charges and was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for assaulting officers, failing to register as a sex offender and a firearms offense.

In March, Cruz Ramos started a chase in Campbell that lasted for hours. Days later, U.S. Marshals spotted Cruz Ramos on Youngstown’s south side and chased him again, shooting him in the leg when he pointed a gun at them.

At the time of the chase, Cruz Ramos had a warrant out for his arrest out of Puerto Rico on charges surrounding the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Cruz Ramos’ next pretrial in Mahoning County court will be next month.