MUG: Luis Ramirez

A Maryville man accused of assaulting a 3-year-old boy with autism was taken into custody Sunday.

Blount County Sheriff’s deputies charged Luis Miguel Ramirez on three different warrants for aggravated domestic assault, aggravated child abuse and aggravated vandalism. Ramirez also was charged with felony violation of probation.

In August 2017, The Daily Times reported that Ramirez, then 21, was arrested on assault-and-weapons charges after an argument with a Maryville woman devolved into a physical fight.

The victim told law enforcement that Ramirez chased her to her car, slammed her head against the vehicle’s hood and began choking her.

The warrants, which were filed Nov. 1, said the alleged offenses happened on Oct. 30, when Ramirez went to Atchley Apartments and allegedly assaulted a woman with an active order of protection against him.

Ramirez “pushed the victim against a wall to gain entrance into the residence,” one of the warrants states.

The report states the victim then fled the apartment to call police.

After entering the apartment, Ramirez allegedly jumped on and broke a couch, punched holes in the drywall walls and broke the screen of a 60-inch smart TV by throwing a cigarette lighter at it, a second warrant alleges.

Ramirez and the owner of the damaged property began arguing, a report states. During the verbal altercation, Ramirez ordered the owner’s 3-year-old son, who was reported in the warrant to have autism, to go to his bedroom.

Ramirez reportedly entered the bedroom where the 3-year-old was and began assaulting him by blocking his airways and shaking him, the report states.

The mother of the child told officers she saw Ramirez use his hand to cover the child’s mouth and nose after throwing him on a bed. Ramirez then picked the child up “by his head and covered his mouth and nose until he turned blue,” the report states.

The events allegedly happened on Oct. 30 and arrest warrants were filed Nov. 1.

Exactly one month later, Ramirez was taken into custody around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after BCSO deputies went to a residence on Turkey Pen Road in Maryville. Investigators had been told Ramirez was sleeping at that residence, the arrest report states.

The owner of the property denied knowing where Ramirez was but gave officers permission to search the residence. Once inside, a deputy noticed a small child trying to get his attention, the report states. The child pointed to the corner of a bedroom where the deputy found Ramirez.

Ramirez was arrested and taken to the Blount County Correctional Facility.

While on the way to the jail, the report states Ramirez became agitated and “began making empty threats and statements about how displeased he was with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office,” the report states.

The arresting officer reported after Ramirez was at the jail that he became “belligerent in speech” and began making statements about how he intended to harm the deputy after he was released.

Ramirez is being held at the Blount County jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. Dec. 5 hearing in Blount County’s General Sessions Court.

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