A Columbus man was arrested near Hope Tuesday evening after allegedly stealing a car at gunpoint and barging into a home on State Road 9.

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department reports that Deputy Dylan Prather was called to the home in the 6000 block of State Road 9 at about 5:22 p.m. on Nov. 6th on a report of a battery, possibly related to a vehicle that had been stolen by an armed man earlier in the evening in Columbus. 

The missing vehicle was in the driveway of the Hope-area home and Prather and Deputy Ryland Fluhr discovered a firearm inside the vehicle. 

The homeowner explained that a man had forced his way into the home and tried to steal another vehicle after getting into a fight at the home. But then ran away.  A Columbus police dog and a drone from the Columbus Fire Department found the man hiding in a field. 

The man, later identified as Wilmel Ramirez-Savinon, 22, 2215 Sims Court in Columbus, allegedly refused to follow orders from officers and the police dog, Max, was used to take him into custody.

Sheriff Matt Myers said the man was arrested because of all of the agencies working together. Officers assisting in the investigation included Sgt. Justin Arnholt, Deputy Brandon Sellers, Deputy Dane Duke, Deputy Jon Lanning, Deputy Ryland Fluhr, Deputy Andrew Whipker from the sheriff's department' Officer Jeremy Jones, Officer Travis Harbaugh and Detective Maren Crabtree from the Columbus Police; and Hope Police Chief Matt Tallent and Hope Police Officer Adam Mathis.

“When we work together as a team, all of our agencies succeed," Myers said. "The success of our county is dependent on our working together to better serve residents."

Ramirez-Savinon was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary charges of:

  • Battery
  • Burglary resulting in bodily injury
  • Theft – receiving stolen property
  • Unlawful entry of a vehicle
  • Resisting law enforcement

Further charges are being forwarded to the Bartholomew County prosecutor’s office by the Columbus Police Department. Ramirez-Savinon remains in BCJ in lieu of $92,000 bond.

All persons are considered innocent unless/until proven guilty in a court of law