Police: Cleveland man who jumped in front of semi is suspect in murder

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Authorities say a 28-year-old Cleveland man who jumped in front of a tractor trailer Monday in an apparent suicide attempt is also a suspect in a woman’s murder.

Police say the suspect, Hugo Ramos, is in critical but stable condition at a Cleveland hospital. Ramos reportedly told police where the 25-year-old woman’s body could be found.

The incident started at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Monday, when Ramos pulled his car to the side of the road on U.S. Route 20 in Lorain County, about 35 miles west of Cleveland. According to Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Pablo Cruz, Ramos also had three children in the vehicle with him.

After pulling over to the shoulder, Ramos reportedly exited his vehicle and dove in front of an oncoming tractor trailer. He survived the impact.

“The truck driver immediately stopped after the gentleman jumped out in front of him,” Cruz said in a phone interview with “Land Line Now,” adding that the rig suffered minor to moderate damage to the right-front-fender bumper.

After being struck by the truck, Ramos managed to return to his vehicle, where he grabbed a gas can, poured fuel in his mouth and on his clothes, and set himself on fire. Another motorist put the flames out, leaving the suspect with what Cruz described as “pretty severe” but not fatal injuries.

Cleveland police Sgt. Ali Pillow said the relationship between the victim and Ramos is still being investigated, as is the relationship between Ramos and the children.

“I don’t have any documentation showing an exact relationship between (Ramos and the victim),” he said. “It is believed there is some kind of romantic relationship, but I’m not sure if it was husband or wife. But there was a relationship between the two.”

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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