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Jury deliberating Pleasanton rape charges against East Palo Alto man

Defense attorney argues woman was kidnapped from party by ex-boyfriend

The defense attorney for an East Palo Alto man accused of kidnapping and raping his ex-girlfriend in Pleasanton said Tuesday that his client had been falsely accused and that the sex the two had in July 2010 was consensual.

Closing arguments were given Tuesday in the San Mateo County Superior Court trial of Jose Estrada Ramirez, 29, who has been charged with kidnapping his ex-girlfriend outside a party in Redwood City on July 5, 2010, and raping her twice over a 26-hour period.

Deputy district attorney Shin-Mee Chang said that one day after the victim -- known only as Maria Doe -- told Ramirez she wasn't getting back

together with him, he chased her down outside a home where she was attending a party with her children, and forced her into a truck.

A woman witnessed what appeared to be a kidnapping and called her brothers, who flagged down police to report the crime, prosecutors said.

Maria was driven to Pleasanton, where she was allegedly taken from the truck and raped by Ramirez in the woods, Chang said.

The victim was then driven into Yolo County, where she was raped a second time inside Ramirez' truck, Chang said.

The two were picked up by police at about 4 p.m. the following day, where the defendant's truck had run out of gas.

Maria immediately told the officers she had been raped, Chang said.

Defense Attorney Armando Garcia said that the sex was consensual, and that the two had been heading to Cache Creek Casino Resort for a getaway when they ran out of gas.

According to the prosecution, Maria left Redwood City without her purse and without making plans for her children to be cared for, something she would not have done if she were leaving on a planned vacation.

The jury began deliberating Tuesday afternoon.

The defendant has been charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of kidnapping with intent to rape, and two counts of rape.

He faces life in prison if convicted.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Just sayin'
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 28, 2011 at 8:42 am

Sure sounds like rape to me. Assuming this is a fairly written article, Ramirez is a dangerous man.

As a conviction has not been handed down, I will write generally.

It takes real courage for a victim to face their rapist. It must take even more to when your rapist is someone you once cared about and trusted.

Rape is a violent crime about power, not desire. Way too often, the one violated is victimized repeatedly. First, in the attack, then by the system and often socially.

To report a rape then follow a case to trial, whether on the stand or not, takes tremendous strength and courage, Maria. I hope you have the support you need and may justice prevail.




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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I hope that the "rapist" is convicted and does time.

Hopefully, Ramirez will meet up with Buba in a prison shower.


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