Spicewood man charged in attempted kidnapping, assault of ex-wife

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — A man who allegedly tried to kidnap his ex-wife and then threatened her family in Honduras if the Marble Falls woman reported him to the police found himself behind bars after Burnet County deputies arrested him several hours later.

Marble Falls police charged Juan Jose Ramirez Sr., 55, of Spicewood with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted aggravated kidnapping. Both are second-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Marble Falls Police Officer Cory Munoz and signed by Marble Falls Municipal Judge Cheryl Pounds, the man allegedly ambushed his ex-wife at her home in the 1100 block of Northwood Drive in Marble Falls sometime before 11:55 p.m. Aug. 7.

The woman told officers the man came up behind her and put a kitchen knife to her throat, according to police. The woman fought with the man, and, during the scuffle, the victim suffered a knife wound to her hand.

A family member of the woman pulled up to the residence during the alleged attack, thereby scaring off the suspect, the affidavit stated.

Before the man left, he told the woman if she reported the incident to the police, he would have her family in Honduras killed, according to the affidavit.

The man also left behind a length of rope as he fled, according to police.

A few hours later, a Burnet County sheriff’s deputy located the suspect and his vehicle in the 6700 block of Texas 71 East. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a knife suspected to have been used in the attack as well as rope matching the piece found at the woman’s residence.

In the affidavit, Munoz stated that based on the knife, repeated phone calls to the woman and rope left at the scene, he believed the man was attempting to kidnap the victim.

Ramirez was booked into the Burnet County Jail on Aug. 8 and was being held in lieu of a $75,000 bond on each felony charge.

daniel@thepicayune.com