MT. PLEASANT, Mich. –The man accused of kidnap and rape in Mt. Pleasant had a history of violence against law enforcement officers and women since 2005.
Eric Ramsey was released on parole in July after spending five years in prison for felony assault.
Now, six months later, he’s accused of kidnapping and raping a female student from Central Michigan University.
Police say Ramsey forced the woman into her own car at gun point as she was leaving the Student Activities Center.
Ramsey was shot by police after the woman got away and ran to a nearby home to call for help.
Police say tried to set the house on fire after she ran inside.
The Department of Corrections says when Eric Ramsey was paroled, they saw nothing recent in his behavior that would indicate he was capable of this crime.
His friends and family agree.
Those who went to High school with him like Tiffany Ramon say it wasn’t in his character. “I would never imagine him doing this,” said Ramon.
Ironically, Ramon said it was her home that victim ran to for help and her kids let her in and locked the door.
Ramsey’s record does indicate he seemed to have a hidden anger that would surface at times and result in violence.
In the most recent case, he was accused of assaulting an officer and destroying his uniform in the process.
There’s also a history of violence against women.
In 2005 he was accused of threatening to kill a woman while calling her derogatory names. Then he allegedly went after a man with a tire iron, striking him on the hand and threatening to kill him as well.
In 2006 he was accused of placing his arm around the same woman’s neck and his hand over her mouth so she couldn’t breathe. Then, he forced her into a bathroom and started filling the tub, telling her he was going to drown her.
He then allegedly grabbed a razor and said, “Either you cut me or I’m going to cut you….“How does it feel to know you’re going to die tonight.”
Friends and neighbors indicated on Facebook that knew nothing of this dark side of him.
Ramsey wrote a cryptic last post on his Facebook page that read, “Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace.”