A CMU student was abducted and raped on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2012, leaving a victim nominated as a hero and her alleged assailant dead.
The abduction took place around 9:30 pm, according to CMU Police Department's website, in the parking lot of the Student Activity Center. The suspect, Eric Ramsey, 30, from Mt. Pleasant, forced the victim into her car, a white Ford Escape, and left the parking lot.
According to the victim, Ramsey took her to a house on S. Mission Rd. in Lincoln Township. Ramsey bound the victim's hands with tape and raped her at this location. Ramsey then put the suspect back in the car with cans of gasoline and told her he was going to kill her.
The victim jumped out of the moving vehicle further down S. Mission Rd. and ran to a nearby house for help. Three people inside the residence let her in and locked themselves in the bathroom as the victim called 911 for help.
Ramsey followed the victim to the house, poured gasoline on it, and set it on fire. He stole the victim's car again and left the scene. Luckily, the homeowners were able to extinguish the fire before any major damage occurred to their home.
Ramsey took police on a two-county chase, where he rammed a Michigan state trooper from the Gaylord Post. After ramming the first officer, Ramsey stole a sanitation truck and rammed another state trooper.
A Crawford County sheriff's deputy located the stolen truck and was also rammed head-on by Ramsey. The deputy got out of his car and shot Ramsey, killing him at the scene. The nightmare ended between 4 and 5 a.m. It has not yet been established if drugs or alcohol played a part in this event.
The victim has been hailed a hero by CMU Police Chief Bill Yeagley,
She's the hero in all this. She's a strong individual.
The investigation will continue in this abduction and sexual assault.