Alleged rapist & kidnapper posts to Facebook during shootout

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“Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace,” said accused rapist, kidnapper and arsonist Eric Ramsey in his final Facebook post, as police were closing in on him at the end of a violent, action-packed series of events, which began at Central Michigan University, according to

The 30-year-old parolee’s bizarre rampage started around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mt. Pleasant campus of CMU, when he reportedly kidnapped a college senior from a parking lot outside the Student Activities Center, later telling her he chose her at random. After using the woman’s car to drive her to a home off campus, he allegedly bound and raped her, says Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski. He then “put her back in the Ford Escape and pledged to kill her”. However, the woman managed to escape by jumping out of the moving vehicle, before running to a nearby home for help.

As reported by Capital Bay, three kids; 14-year-old James Persyn III, his 11-year-sister and 2-year-old brother were home alone when the woman started banging on their door for help. The fast thinking Persyn, “let the woman in, locked the door and then grabbed his hunting knife.” While the woman was calling 911 on her cell phone, Persyn moved her and everyone else, including the family dog, into the bathroom.

But that’s just the beginning of the drama. When the woman was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, Ramsey poured gasoline on the house and set it on fire. Luckily, one of the homeowners soon came home and managed to put the fire out.

The woman was fortunate that the boy was willing to help her, especially since kids are continually being warned not to open the door to strangers. In this case Persyn exercised very good instincts.

Police spotted Ramsey “early Thursday in Otsego County, where he rammed the first of two state police cars” and then stole a garbage truck.

Just after his eerie final Facebook post from his cell phone, predicting his fate, Ramsey was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Crawford County, about 70 miles north of CMU.

Campus police Chief Bill Yeagley believes the woman saved her own life by escaping the vehicle and that she made all the right decisions.

This is a case that won’t soon be forgotten. It wouldn’t be surprising to see this story adapted to the big or the small screen. Hopefully, this tale will prompt women who are alone at night to be more careful than ever.

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