BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — As he was being pursued by law enforcement during high speed chase in May, Gregory Ramos threw drugs and a gun out his car window, federal prosecutors said Friday.
In fact, a bag of cocaine “exploded” on the windshield of one officer’s cruiser, and the handgun cracked another’s windshield, prosecutors said.
Ramos, 24, appeared in federal court Friday on two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Federal prosecutors confirmed Ramos is a suspect in the May 20 fatal shooting of Freddie Dizon, who worked in the kitchen at the Anchor Bar.
It’s believed that he acted as the getaway driver. Buffalo police declined to comment on the connection.
Prosecutors said Ramos got into a fight with his girlfriend the day of the shooting, that he choked her and fled the scene before police arrived.
Three days later, he was spotted by Niagara Falls police, who gave chase.
During the chase, prosecutors said Ramos threw a bag of cocaine out his window, and that it exploded upon hitting the windshield of an officer in pursuit.
They also say Ramos threw a handgun out the window, and that it broke the rear window of another vehicle.
Prosecutors said Ramos raced through the Grand Island tolls at 100 mph, and that a toll worker later found a bag of what’s believed to be crack cocaine thrown from Ramos’ car.
Prosecutors said Ramos ditched his vehicle after wrecking during the chase, and that he tried to throw officers off his trail by calling 911, and saying someone had stolen his car from Niagara Falls.
Police then used the cell phone signal to track him.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul said the crimes in May are the latest in a lengthy criminal history for Ramos.
“That background in our judgement means that Mr. Ramos is a risk of flight and a danger to the community,” Hochul said. “The judge agreed with us up to this point, and he will be held without bail at least until the conclusion of this case.”
Ramos is facing a series of state charges related to the domestic violence incident, and another separate incident in August 2015, when police said he failed to stop at a stop sign, which led to another chase with law enforcement. In that case, police said Ramos also threw drugs out the window.
No one has been charged in connection with the Anchor Bar shooting. The other man suspected in the killing of Dizon is Jorge Suarez. He remains in the Erie County jail on a parole violation.