Exclusive: Alleged ticket-fixing cop placed in lockdown

Jose Ramos

July 16, 2012 3:28:52 PM PDT
The family of the NYPD cop accused of conspiring to murder a witness is outraged. They say they've been unable to reach Jose Ramos for days, because he is under a 23-hour lockdown. That order, apparently signed late Friday.

The Bronx District Attorney's office is not commenting on the order, which has been sealed. Sources tell us it was apparently signed by a judge just before closing time on Friday afternoon. The order basically means Jose Ramos can't communicate with anyone except his attorneys.

"Nothing has been proven, so the fact that he's being sentenced to a 23-hour lockdown is ridiculous," Nicole Ramos said.

Nicole is the 20-year-old daughter of Jose Ramos, the NYPD cop at the center of the Bronx ticket fixing scandal. Last week, the veteran officer was indicted on new charges of conspiring to hire a hitman to murder a potential witness against him. Prosecutors also charged Ramos' wife, Wanda Abreu, in connection with the alleged plot.

Sources say Ramos, who has been held at Rikers Island $500,000 bond since his original arrest last October, was moved to the Manhattan Detention Center on Friday night, and placed in 23-hour lockdown, meaning his only contact is with his attorneys. Before the lockdown, Ramos, who in February, sat down with me for an exclusive interview, called me from Rikers to deny he ever said anything about killing or hurting anyone. "He cannot call, he cannot write, he cannot get visits," Nicole said. "It like they're basically taking his voice away. He can't speak to people, tell them what's going on, tell them what he wants. I am his voice you know. He has a family who can speak for him on the outside and we don't feel like his part of the story should be unheard."

His attorneys say they only learned of the order, which was sealed by the Judge in the case, on Saturday.

"I've never heard of it before with this type of case. This is an outrage," Ramos' attorney Juan Pablo Vegaromeo said.


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