Cops: Man accused of rape to stay in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville man accused of kidnapping and raping a Duluth girl will stay behind bars for now, a Gwinnett County magistrate ruled Thursday.

New details emerged during a probable cause hearing for 25-year-old Cirilo Ramirez, who prosecutors said brandished a handgun and abducted a female family member from her bus stop on Jan. 19.

The Daily Post does not identify sexual assault victims.

"He pulled up to the bus stop ... and told her if she didn't come with him, he was going to drive down the street and shoot himself," testified Gwinnett County police Detective Jennifer Roberts.

Roberts said Ramirez held the 15-year-old girl captive for nearly four days, driving around the metro Atlanta area and sexually assaulting her several times inside the stolen Buick.

While he never physically restrained the girl, Roberts said, the 9-mm pistol he kept under the seat convinced her not to run.

According to police, Ramirez first sexually assaulted the girl about a year ago while living with the family, though that alleged incident went unreported.

On Jan. 22, prosecutors believe the girl was able to convince Ramirez that she had plans to spend the night with a friend. Ramirez reportedly agreed to drop her off at the friend's house, where she could get washed up and grab a change of clothes, and pick her up again the next day.

After being dropped off, Roberts said, the alleged victim told her friend's mother what was going on. The mother then notified the girl's family, according to police, who had assumed the girl had run away.

When Ramirez returned to pick the girl up at the Samuel Drive residence in Norcross, officers were waiting.

Police said Ramirez told them he and the girl had previously arranged to meet at her bus stop and that the sex was consensual. He reportedly told officers he had hoped that the girl would contact her parents and let them know that she was OK.

Roberts said Ramirez claimed he only had the gun because he had never had one before and that the owner of the car, apparently an acquaintance of his, had given him permission to use the vehicle.

Ramirez, charged with rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, theft, carrying a concealed weapon and giving false information, is being held without bond.

Jail records show he has also been placed on immigration hold.