Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged a Mesquite man over the weekend after he allegedly held a 16-year-old girl against her will and threatened her with a knife.

According to a criminal complaint, Jorge Ramos, 20, went to his ex-girlfriend’s house in the early morning hours of May 5 to ask her if they could talk. After she got in Ramos’ truck, he drove off at a high rate of speed.

The girl told deputies Ramos drove her to a remote desert area east of Vado and pulled her out of the truck by her hair.

Ramos reportedly left the girl there, but returned a short while later and took her to a shed behind his house in Mesquite.
The report further states that Ramos allegedly held a knife to the girl’s throat, threatening to kill her. The girl reportedly pleaded with Ramos to take her home.

The two left Ramos’s home and stopped at the Vado Travel Center. Ramos reportedly went inside the store, after which the girl also reportedly ran into the store to try and call her mom.

A store clerk told deputies he witnessed Ramos carrying a knife inside his waistband, and also witnessed Ramos hit the girl with his fist before leaving the scene.

Deputies located Ramos back at his house and arrested him just after 6 a.m. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, battery and resisting or obstructing.

Ramos is being detained at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department Public Information Communication Specialist Kelly Jameson at (575) 386-4302.