Illegal Immigrant Accused of ‘Crime Spree’ Indicted in Ohio on 16 Counts, Including, Murder

Lake County Sheriff's Office

An illegal alien named Juan Manuel Razo Ramirez was indicted in Ohio on 16 counts for a string of crimes he is accused of in Lake County–including murder.

The suspect, also know as Juan Razo, was arrested last July and accused of the murder of Margaret “Peggy” Kostelnik. But that isn’t all he was accused of. In fact, Ramirez is accused of going on a crime spree that included the sexual assaulting of his own 14-year-old niece as well as the shooting and wounding of a woman walking on the street.

Upon apprehending the man, police discovered that Ramirez was in the country illegally.

Now the illegal immigrant has been officially indicted on 16 counts.

Aside from an indictment for the murder of the 60-year-old Kostelnik, Ramirez was indicted on several other counts including raping the dead victim, the attempted rape of a minor, the attempted murder of Mary Kable as well as the attempted murder of three Ohio peace officers.

As the case developed last year it was discovered that Ramirez had been arrested by local police only a few weeks before his crime spree but due to changes in immigration policy instituted by the Obama administration, police had to release him instead of remanding him to federal authorities for deportation.

According to ABC 5
, despite his admission that he was an illegal immigrant, federal authorities refused to take custody of Ramirez from Lake County police after the suspect was arrested during a traffic stop.

Because of the new federal policy, Lake County police released Ramirez only three weeks before he murdered Margaret Kostelnik.

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