A wanted fugitive was tracked down late Monday evening by Dickinson Police officers at a hotel in north Dickinson and arrested following a tip from an alert citizen.
A pouring response from a Facebook post alerted the Dickinson community of Lawrence Ramos, 34, who had two active warrants from California out for his arrest — which included probation violations for stalking and possession of a controlled substance in a secured facility. Ramos was also being sought by the Dickinson Police Department for questioning regarding a recent aggravated assault investigation that occurred in Dickinson, according to a DPD press release.
The tip came through the Badlands Crimestoppers website, in which a concerned citizen provided authorities with Ramos’ possible location at a hotel. With Ramos’ extensive criminal history and alleged tip that he was in possession of weapons, the Southwest Tactical Team was sent out to make the arrest.
As the Southwest Tactical Team was gaining ground toward the hotel, Romas exited and entered a vehicle driven by another individual. The team conducted a “high-risk stop,” but Ramos refused to listen to commands to exit the vehicle and began “fidgeting with items in his hands and making other concerning movements.”
“A SWAT member deployed a less-lethal sponge round, impacting Ramos' torso. His compliance was then immediate and was eventually removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs. A search of his person revealed a loaded handgun. He was examined by a SWAT medic at the scene and refused medical transport,” the DPD press release states.
Following the altercation, Ramos was transported to the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center and served with the California warrants. Other North Dakota charges are currently pending.
No officers or civilians were injured during the arrest.
“Our department would like to thank the (Badlands) Crimestoppers tipster who gave us the lead we needed to locate Lawrence Ramos. The Badlands Crimestoppers program has been proving itself as a valuable tool for citizens to play an active role in fighting crime in our community,” the DPD press release noted.
To download the free Badlands Crimestoppers app, visit dickinsonpd.com/crimestoppers.