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UPDATE: Rape Suspect Wanted By Police Changed Clothes, Escaped From Nordstrom Rack

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The following update on the incident at Nordstrom Rack, which was first reported on Claycord.com, is from the Pleasant Hill Police Dept.:

On September 27, 2022, at around 6:06 p.m., the Pleasant Hill Police Department was notified that the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a wanted rape and domestic violence suspect fleeing in a stolen vehicle.

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That pursuit ended in the City of Pleasant Hill, in the north parking lot of the Sunvalley Shopping Center. At the conclusion of the vehicle pursuit, the suspect exited the stolen vehicle and fled into Nordstrom Rack.

The store was occupied by patrons and employees when the suspect entered the business. The store was surrounded by law enforcement, and customers and staff were evacuated to safety without incident. The adjoining business, Safeway, was also evacuated to ensure the safety of customers and employees.

The suspect was believed to be hiding inside Nordstrom Rack. Officers made multiple attempts to call the suspect out of the store. The interior of the building was searched when no response was received. The suspect was known to be armed and dangerous. It was believed he had barricaded himself in the attic of the building.

The Central County SWAT team was called to the scene. Members of the Crisis Negotiations Team tried multiple times to communicate with the suspect without success.

A methodical search of the business was conducted utilizing drones, a K-9, a robot, and SWAT team members.

After an exhaustive search of the building, the suspect was not located.

It is believed he changed clothing and exited at some point in the initial moments of this incident, prior to the SWAT team arrival.

The suspect is still wanted for rape, domestic violence and felony reckless evasion. He has been identified as 26-year-old Concord resident Joseph Alan Ramos.

UPDATE FROM PHPD (SUSPECT ARRESTED):

The suspect has been arrested at Nordstrom Rack.

Today, after the Central County SWAT team had left the scene, Nordstrom Rack loss prevention agents elected to keep the store closed to the public.

The Pleasant Hill Police Department left an undercover detective at the scene to monitor the business in case Ramos had somehow eluded detection during the hours-long search of the building. At approximately 11:45 a.m.,

Ramos lowered himself from the ceiling and fled through the back door of the business. He was quickly tackled by Nordstrom Rack loss prevention agents and taken into custody by Pleasant Hill Police personnel without further incident. The Pleasant Hill Police Department recognizes and thanks the courageous Nordstrom Rack employees for their quick actions and assistance in taking this dangerous individual into custody.

The Pittsburg Police Department holds the original arrest warrant for Ramos and will assume custody of him, as well as, any additional investigation related to the original charges.

25 comments

Simonpure September 28, 2022 - 8:42 AM

It’s just a matter of time Joseph

Jason September 28, 2022 - 8:48 AM

I’m not even mad, that’s an impressive escape! They will catch him eventually. Sounds like from previous reports that they had his family there attempting to get him to come out and surrender.

Martinezdad September 28, 2022 - 8:52 AM

A photo would be helpful

Abraham September 28, 2022 - 9:34 AM

Agree!

Cowellian September 28, 2022 - 9:44 AM

Yeah, before and after the Nordstrom makeover.

Tsa September 28, 2022 - 10:15 AM

Exactly, but then they’d have to blur out his face. 😵‍💫

Cowellian September 28, 2022 - 11:09 AM

Tsa, a lot of us would be happy to help with that!

Cholo81 September 28, 2022 - 9:33 AM

They know that name but no photos ?
Wt…

Ricardoh September 28, 2022 - 9:38 AM

I hate to see it when someone outsmarts the cops. Without the tragedy this is Uvalde. Bad decision making. First thing I thought of last night was change your cloths.

Ricardoh September 28, 2022 - 1:20 PM

We need an edit button.

Janus September 28, 2022 - 1:33 PM

Well that comment didn’t age well.

How is this incident like Uvalde? Were there hostages? Was there an active shooter? Was there shots fired? No one even knows if the suspect was in fact armed. Know to be and actually being armed are 2 different things.

Absent exigent circumstances like shots fires with hostages or barricaded victims with an active shooter, surround and call out is the proper technique to use.

If no one other than the suspect is hurt or endanger of being hurt there is zero rush.

Anon September 28, 2022 - 10:37 AM

To those of you laughing at the post…hopefully he doesn’t rape or kill your loved ones. I don’t find it funny. Very messed up society we live in now.

Winnie The Pooh September 28, 2022 - 11:19 AM

And who is laughing? Most people on here are talking about how having a photo would really help. The crappy part, all this time and money spent trying to capture him yet at the end of the day, he’ll just end being released, because that’s CA for ya! One too many loved ones will be raped or killed before he gets life in prison.

Winnie The Pooh September 28, 2022 - 11:40 AM

end up being**

The Mamba September 28, 2022 - 10:59 AM

There have to be cameras in the business and surrounding area to start figuring out where he went. Imagine being that young and having that much heat on you, his life is over.

Concernicus September 28, 2022 - 7:41 PM

All because he couldn’t comprehend “no” and solve problems with his words rather than his fists.
He’s pathetic, really.

Aunt Barbara September 28, 2022 - 11:18 AM

I’m sure he had a fine steak dinner at Outback as the Police searched for him,
He probably had a nice night at Residence Inn, stole a car and is now on hi way to Mexico dressed as a woman..

Catch that guy asap! September 28, 2022 - 11:39 AM
Concord September 28, 2022 - 1:41 PM

Are you sure or was this just the first name that popped up.

Angry A September 28, 2022 - 11:53 AM

Dude ran into Nordstrom with a purpose , kudos !

FYI September 28, 2022 - 12:00 PM

That’s an embarrassment Pleasant Hill PD!

Two Wheeler September 28, 2022 - 12:54 PM

hey @FYI, it wasn’t PHPD’s case….And the bad guy is in custody.

anon September 28, 2022 - 1:03 PM

If the Police knew who he was, they could have just done surveillance and waited for him at his Mom’s house.

The Professor September 28, 2022 - 1:28 PM

Ramos should have hidden in the air ducts. It always works in the movies.

suki September 28, 2022 - 2:11 PM

look at his last post it said this —-Hypothetically….. I’m the GINGERBREAD MAN!! JS…😎.

“If you run you stand a chance of losing, BUT if you don’t run you’ve already lost”.
-Your mom last night!-

Who knew what just a cold-air intake could do…..tehe

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