|Published:||Mar 29, 2012 8:31 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Mar 29, 2012 8:31 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- After more than nine months on the run, one of Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers' 10 Most Wanted fugitives has been apprehended in Texas, as a direct result of an anonymous tip received Sunday evening.
Noemi Ramos, 42, was originally charged in 2010 with four counts of aggravated child abuse and four counts of forced labor/human trafficking. Detectives accused Ramos of abusing her children over the course of at least two years, often beating them with various objects and withholding food and basic necessities from them when they wouldn't go into Pine Manor drug houses to purchase narcotics for her.
On one occasion, she's accused of smashing one of her her daughters fingers with a hammer when she wouldn't comply with her mother's demands.
On another occasion, reports indicate she prostituted her teenage daughter in exchange for narcotics.
Although the Department of Children and Families were contacted about Ramos on several occasions, the children were consistently told to lie to authorities, or their punishments would be more severe.
The law finally caught up with Ramos in October 2010, when she was arrested on the aforementioned charges. After spending two months in jail, Ramos bonded out for $100,000 and was placed on probation.
Last June, she violated those terms and went into hiding. Ramos was shortly thereafter placed on Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list.
After months of flying under the radar, an anonymous tip was made to Crime Stoppers Sunday evening, indicating that Ramos had been jailed in Texas under an alias. The US Marshals Task Force, which had recently adopted Ramos' case, immediately initiated an investigation and found that Ramos was sitting in a Tarrant County, TX, jail under the name of Noemi Rios, following an arrest on March 22nd for providing false/ficticious information.
Upon confirmation yesterday that Noemi Rios was indeed Noemi Ramos, US Marshals placed a hold on her in the Fort Worth jail and this morning, the State Attorney's Office agreed to extend extradition limits to Texas, which will now allow Ramos to be brought back to Lee County to face the charges against her.
Upon her arrival back in Lee County, Ramos will be held without bond.
Replacing Ramos on Crime Stoppers 10 Most Wanted list is 22-year-old Travis Boone, a multi-time offender currently wanted for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Earlier this month, Boone, 22, was motioned to the side of the road by a uniformed deputy outside of his vehicle for a seatbelt violation. However, instead of complying, Boone hit the gas and headed straight in the deputy's direction.
A brief chase ensued, and Boone eventually ditched his car, jumped into a canal and hasn't been seen since. Boone is a registered convicted felon, who was jailed three times before the age of 18 for armed robbery. His first felony arrest came at the ripe young age of just 13, with additional arrests for drugs and fleeing and eluding officers. Boone has a history of violence, and a clear distaste for law enforcement, and may be hiding out in the Lehigh area.
Anyone with information on Boone's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org , via text to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD or through the TipSubmit app on any Smart phone.