Rapist Who Posed As Neighborhood Watch Volunteer Sentenced to 20 Years in State Prison

On March 12, 2013, Ivan Ramos was sentenced to 20 years in state prison and 20 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a woman in the exterior stairwell of an apartment building on Perry Street in the West Village. On January 9, 2012, the defendant pleaded guilty to Rape in the First Degree, two counts of Criminal Sexual Assault in the First Degree, and Assault in the Second Degree. As admitted in his guilty plea, Ramos approached the 29 year-old victim – who had lost her cell phone, money, and other personal items earlier in the evening – on April 15, 2012, and falsely told her that he was a member of the Neighborhood Watch. The victim requested that Ramos take her to the nearest police precinct, but instead, Ramos led her to an isolated stairwell and raped her in the dark and enclosed space for a quarter of an hour, using his hands to stifle her screams. Neighbors who heard the victim’s cries alerted police officers and identified the defendant, who was apprehended shortly afterwards.