A man accused of carjacking the vehicle of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in Ramona pleaded not guilty to a felony on Monday.
Ricardo Macedo remains free on $75,000 bail. A judge ordered him to stay away from the victim, who does not live in San Diego County, according to Deputy District Attorney Ronald Mendes.
Macedo and an unknown companion followed the victim in his vehicle from San Pasqual Valley to Ramona on Nov. 24, eventually stopping in the 2400 block of Main Street, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. John Boyce.
Once stopped, Macedo allegedly confronted the man about his relationship with the ex-girlfriend.
Macedo and his friend punched and kicked the victim in the face, Boyce said in a statement last week.
Macedo, 25, then allegedly fled in the victim’s vehicle while his friend drove off in Macedo’s vehicle.
According to Boyce, shortly before the alleged attack occurred the victim told a San Diego police officer who was working at a road closure on Highway 78 in San Pasqual Valley that someone was following him.
The officer spoke to Macedo, determined no crime was committed and released him. Deputies investigating the carjacking later contacted San Diego police and got Macedo’s address.
“They drove to the residence and located Macedo, who admitted he had ‘snapped’ because he was jealous the victim was dating his ex- girlfriend,” Boyce said. “(He also) admitted to assaulting the victim and stealing his car.”
Macedo refused to identify his companion.
A readiness conference is scheduled Dec. 27 and a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 22.
Horseback patrols of Ramona’s main shopping center parking lots and surrounding areas are part of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Holiday Watch program that started this week and will continue through the start of the New Year.
Anyone with an unwanted gun can turn it in to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in exchange for a gift card, no questions asked, on Nov. 30.
The sheriff’s department will host a Guns for Gift Cards event from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the San Elijo campus of Mira Costa Community College, 3333 Manchester Ave., Cardiff.
Gift cards, redeemable at area Walmarts, will amount to $100 per handgun and $150 per rifle. There is a limit of three gift cards per vehicle. Those participating should place the unloaded firearms in the trunk of their cars and a uniformed deputy or officer will give instructions at the location. All weapons collected will be destroyed, said the sheriff’s department.
The gift cards will be purchased using $15,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the sheriff’s department and $5,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the district attorney’s office.
For more information call 760-966-3526.
A mock gun that was reported missing from the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) equipment trailer at Ramona High School on Nov. 16 was found on the campus property two days later, according to the sheriff’s Ramona substation.
Among other reports at the Ramona station:
A 25-year-old man was jailed today on suspicion of carjacking his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend in Ramona.
Ricardo Macedo-Frausto and an unknown companion in one vehicle followed the victim in his vehicle from the San Pasqual Valley area into Ramona, eventually stopping in the 2400 block of Main Street early Sunday evening, according to San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. John Boyce.
A motorcyclist from Canada and a Borrego Springs woman were injured in a collision on State Route 78 east of Julian around 11:20 a.m. Nov. 21, reported California Highway Patrol.
According to reports, the male motorcyclist, driving a 2006 Harley Davidson, was eastbound on SR-78, east of San Felipe Road, when he entered a curve in the road, traveling approximately 35 to 40 mph. At the same time, the female driver of a 2002 Saturn SL1 was westbound on SR-78, entering the same curve from the opposite direction, said CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein.
Michael Eugene Rains, 28, of Ramona, and Daniel Schwartzel, 18, were charged with assault with a semiautomatic firearm on a police officer and shooting at an occupied vehicle. Rains is also charged with personal use of a gun, said Deputy District Attorney Michael Runyon.
Department investigates NJROTC burglary
A Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) equipment trailer at Ramona High School was reported burglarized Nov. 16 and one mock gun, used in routines, was stolen. The sheriff’s department is investigating, said Lt. James Bovet of the Ramona substation.
California State Parks will conduct a burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, with Cal Fire’s assistance on Nov. 20 and 21. Smoke from the burns is normal and does not need to be reported as fire crews will be onsite, according to the state.
The prescribed burn will be in the park northwest of Paso Picacho campground. Rainy conditions will cause it to be rescheduled.
Another burn is scheduled for the first week of December.
For more information, call 760-767-3716 or 760-767-4037.
Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 Commander Doug Scholl presents a certificate of appreciation to Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Shawn Warcup of Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department. The VFW honored Warcup for his actions on June 26, 2013, during a structure fire with an explosion on Ashley Road. Lifetime VFW member Carroll Harris suffered burns as a result of the fire that evening. Warcup acted quickly in treating and preparing Mr. Harris for air transport to the burn center. Although Mr. Harris eventually died of his injuries, the Ramona VFW Post recognized what it called Warcup’s undaunted efforts by donating $300 to the San Diego Burn Institute in honor of Mr. Harris.