Neighbor comes to woman's rescue during sexual assault in Richmond

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A neighbor is being called a hero for coming to a woman's rescue during a sexual assault in Richmond.

Around 5:30 a.m. Friday, Richmond Police say 27-year-old Felipe Ramirez broke into a woman's apartment on Alycia Drive, stole some of her belongings, then began sexually assaulting her.

Police say a neighbor was alerted by the sound of the woman screaming, and jumped into action.

They say the neighbor ran into the apartment, and headed to the upstairs bedroom, where the screams were coming from.

Once inside, the neighbor told police he saw Ramirez sexually assaulting the woman. Police say the neighbor pulled Ramirez off the woman, and threw him down the stairs.

Police say Ramirez then ran off.

"By the time we got there, we were able to come up with a suspect, and met up with the suspect who lives just a few doors down from her (the victim)," Richmond Police Assistant Chief Bob Mott said. "We were able to retrieve some of the items that he took from her residence either before or during that assault."

Richmond Police arrested Ramirez, and charged him with first degree rape, burglary, assault, and tampering with physical evidence.

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