South Kitsap man charged with luring teens

A 21-year-old South Kitsap man who allegedly grabbed one girl by the arm was arrested Friday for trying to lure several students into his car while driving near at least two schools, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

Andrew Jackson Segundo Ramirez pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted kidnapping in the second degree, six counts of luring a minor and one count of fourth-degree assault in Kitsap County Superior Court Monday.

He is currently being held under $100,000 bail.

According to the Sheriff’s Office report, a 14-year-old girl reported she was walking on Fircrest Drive toward Marcus Whitman Junior High School shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, when a man in a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee stopped to talk to her.

The teen said she ignored the man when he asked her several inappropriate questions, but then he got out of his car and grabbed her arm, asking “Do you want to go with me?”

The victim said she yelled and pulled her arm away, then the suspect got back into his car and drove away.

When she arrived at school, the victim told a school official about the incident, who then notified the sheriff’s department.

Later that day, the suspect allegedly approached several more teens near a school bus stop on California Avenue near Manchester Elementary School.

According to the teens — a 13-year-old boy, four 13-year-old girls and a 14-year-old girl — a man driving a vehicle similar to the one described in the first incident stopped his car near them as they walked to the bus stop and asked them if they wanted to skip school.

Some of the group of teens also reported the man asked them if they wanted to babysit his 1-year-old child at his house.

The students said they all told the suspect “no,” then reported the incident to the bus driver, who notified the Sheriff’s Office.

Based on the description of the suspect and the vehicle license plate number the teens provided to the sheriff’s office, deputies arrested Segundo Ramirez at his home later that morning.

He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Kitsap County Jail under $100,000 bail.

According to Deputy Scott Wilson, the Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the incidents, and believes there may be other victims who have been approached by the suspect.

Segundo Ramirez is a Hispanic male, 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds, with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He has multiple tattoos on both

arms and wears eyeglasses.

He may have been driving a dark-colored, early 1990s-model Jeep Cherokee, or a maroon-colored Ford Taurus.

Anyone with information concerning any incidents involving a person matching the above description is asked to contact Sgt. Eric Bockelie at (360) 337-7111.

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