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Charles Ramsey, Cleveland Kidnapping Hero, Has A Criminal Record For Domestic Violence [Report]

Charles Ramsey has criminal record

Cleveland, OH – The feel-good story of the week may have an underside.

Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who rescued kidnap victim Amanda Berry and her daughter, along with two other women, reportedly –and perhaps ironically — served time in jail for domestic violence.

The folksy, earthy Ramsey became an international viral star after his initial local media interview– and his epic 911 call — hit the internet following the rescue of Berry and the other women from a neighboring house. With his new-found and deserved fame, Ramsey is doing the circuit on national TV.

Ramsey, 43, has modestly said that he was merely coming to the aid of a woman in distress just like any other American would do.

Ramsey, however, reportedly was convicted three times for domestic violence against the woman in his life and wound up in jail for those offenses.

The victim of the domestic abuse was apparently his now ex-wife if these reports are accurate. In 1998, Ramsey was found guilty of domestic violence, and while waiting to be sentenced, he evidently was arrested again. Both charges as consolidated reportedly resulted in a six-month jail term and five years probation, according to The Smoking Gun website. In January 2003, he apparently was arrested again for domestic violence and served time in the Lorain, Ohio, Correctional Institution. He had been incarcerated in the same facility in the early 1990s for drug abuse and other minor crimes.

The ex-wife, who filed for divorce in 2003 while he was behind bars, has said that Ramsey subsequently apologized to her for his behavior but never paid child support for their now 15-year-old daughter. In her divorce paperwork at the time, Ramsey’s then-spouse set forth allegations of “gross neglect” and “extreme cruelty.”

Charles Ramsey’s cash-flow issues may be easing up, however. With all the free publicity he’s been giving McDonald’s, they may be offering him a job of some kind. A spokeswoman said the company and a local franchisee are planning to talk to Charles Ramsey, thanks to the interview name-dropping. It is quite likely that other unique opportunities will come his way as well.

Do you think Charles Ramsey’s rap sheet as a repeat offender in the past in any way alters or diminishes his current hero status?

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12 Responses to “Charles Ramsey, Cleveland Kidnapping Hero, Has A Criminal Record For Domestic Violence [Report]”

  1. Claudio Breeze Sadens

    His record does not matter in the slightest, in my opinion. He is a hero.

  2. Kathy Toce

    Monday, Mr. Ramsey captured the media spotlight to extract details ordinarily withheld in a crime of this magnitude.

    Tuesday, Charles Ramsey was America's Hero, admired for bravery, spirit and candor, after his cryptic interviews went viral.

    Wednesday, the "affluent and educated" were amused by “I was eatin’ my McDonald’s”;.
    the "politically correct" offended by his quip “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man's arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!”

    Thursday, a 15-year old crime, committed when he was 28 years old, is headline news. Buried in the story is his true character… living in poverty, he offers his $25,000 reward to the victims whose lives he saved.

    WTF? The old "Paying a debt to society" is now a "life long sentence".

  3. Stephen Daniels

    We all have our less than shining moments. When a man chooses to do the right thing without expectation of reward they deserve to be praised.

  4. DaJa Dags

    leave c. ramsey alone and quit looking for dirt on people. he is candid and so an open and frank person. media piigs are frauds and saying what is culturally correct, and seldom true to the way public sees issues.

  5. Evelyn Lentz Cowart

    Ramsey never claimed to be a hero, and I never viewed him as more than the person in the right place at the right time. Is he milking it for all he can? Yes, but how many of us could swear wwe wouldn't do the same?

  6. Roy Williams

    Sad to say it but his life will now always be under the eyes of the media eyes. He still did what was right and should be aloud to carry on.

  7. Max McKenzie

    Oh, Jog The Fuck on and get on with another story, if you'r going to dig into the mans live (when he didn't even take the award money). then at least go in to details about the disparity of class in America segregated by race. who give s a fuck what his record says it, he probably isn't that man now and he just helped save three women from a nut job. go dig into a story worth while.

  8. Max McKenzie

    Additionally if your going to bring up this case then what's his ex wifes name where does she work how many people has she divorced. what was the evidence surrounding the case.

  9. Personna Newell

    So, to recap: Black man helps to rescue women from kidnapper and offers his reward money, prompting white america to be so afraid that they need to know his criminal record. So, even HELPING another person, black people are obviously criminals. It's good to know that racism is dead in America.

  10. Christina Reilly

    What Mr. Ramsey did in this particular situation deserves recognition as a Good Samaritan & in my opinion, should be acknowledged as such. Thank you, Charles.

  11. Christina Reilly

    What Mr. Ramsey did in this particular situation deserves recognition as a Good Samaritan & in my opinion, should be acknowledged as such. Thank you, Charles.

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