Burglary, carjacking suspect facing 190+ years in prison

Posted at 3:05 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 22:39:14-04

SAN DIEGO -- A burglary and carjacking suspect who was shot by a sheriff's deputy after allegedly pointing a pistol at him was arraigned in a Vista courtroom Wednesday and could face over 190 years in prison.

Joseph "Joey" Martin Ramos, 35, is not only facing charges in connection with the carjacking, which includes a charge of assault on a deputy, but he is also a suspect in a series of residential burglaries. Ramos is facing three counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

Ramos, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Investigators are also looking into whether Ramos was involved in more than a dozen other residential robberies throughout the county.

Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde told the court, "There [is] video surveillance that depict his image in the homes and around the homes. Some have been aired on the news."

One clip that aired on 10News showed a crystal clear view of a tall, thin man going room to room in a house in San Elijo Hills.

"On August 31st, he burglarized a home by breaking a window and a video capturing his image in the home was found. He stole jewelry and a distinctive tool set that was later retrieved from a storage shed during a search warrant on Oct. 24th," said Yturralde.

She told of another video weeks later in Escondido, saying, "On another burglary on Oct. 3rd, he rang a doorbell, pretending he had a wrong address. He was videotaped from that home. He went to a side entrance of another home next door and entered. A contractor interrupted the burglary, the defendant pointed a gun and threatened the man. He fled."

"There was a string of 19 total, we're still reviewing some evidence and some was sent to the lab for testing so that's still in process," Yturralde added.

Judge James Mangione agreed that Ramos poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk. He set no bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 9.

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