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Report of intoxicated male ends in taser deployment, arrest for Worthington resident

Ramirez has been charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, obstruction, assault and domestic assault in connection with the alleged Sept. 23 incident.

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WORTHINGTON — Following an alleged altercation at a Worthington residence where local law enforcement deployed a taser, a 42-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempting to disarm a peace officer.

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On Sept. 23, Worthington police officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a local apartment. Upon arrival, officers could hear yelling and swearing from the apartment.

Officers entered the apartment and reportedly observed Roy Manuel Ramirez following a second individual, the victim, around the kitchen island. Ramirez, a Worthington resident, was recognized from past police contacts.

Officers instructed Ramirez to exit the apartment and spoke with him in the hallway. Ramirez stated he had been drinking but hadn't done anything.

Officers also spoke with the victim, who stated Ramirez had been drinking and she told him he couldn’t have alcohol in the apartment. According to the reports the victim said she had found alcohol in the closet and believed Ramirez had hidden it there. She stated Ramirez had begun to lose his temper and that at the time when police entered the apartment, he had been following her around the kitchen. The victim stated she believed Ramirez was going to hit her.

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Officers returned to the hallway and advised Ramirez that he was under arrest. Ramirez reportedly became argumentative and refused to place his hands behind his back to be handcuffed. According to the report, Ramirez struggled with officers and punched one on the right side of the head.

On the floor, officers continued to struggle with Ramirez. At one point he reportedly gripped the holstered handgun on one officer's duty belt. A different officer deployed their taser on Ramirez but he continued to resist arrest. He was tased again.

Officers were then able to handcuff Ramirez. He was transported to Sanford Emergency Department by ambulance. Following medical release, Ramirez was transported to the Nobles County Jail.

In addition to the felony charge of attempting to disarm a police officer, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine or both, Ramirez also faces two gross misdemeanor charges of assault in the fourth degree and obstruction of the legal process, interfering with a peace officer. Both gross misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine. Ramirez is also charged with domestic assault misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and or a $1,000 fine.

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on Oct. 10.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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