Judge orders trial for rooftop vandal suspect

By Neal Putnam

A Ramona man who spent seven hours on a roof on Aug. 3 following a vandalism spree will stand trial for five counts of felony vandalism and being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Two sheriff’s deputies on Monday testified about the actions of Raymond Joseph Ramos, 29, in the preliminary hearing heard by El Cajon Superior Court Judge Herbert Exarhos.

The incident began around 7:45 a.m. with broken windows to a taco shop and hair salon in the shopping center on San Vicente Road in San Diego Country Estates. A pickup truck was also damaged as was a condominium in the 16000 block of Arena Drive.

During the incident, Ramos allegedly ripped off roof tiles and threw them on cars and broke some windshields. Deputies tried to persuade Ramos to come down from the roof, and he eventually did after seven hours, said Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Renner.

Renner said only preliminary estimates of the damage have come in and they are waiting for all the repair costs before there is a complete damage assessment. Each vandalism count is a felony because there is more than $400 in damages per incident, she said.

Deputies testified Ramos appeared to them to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Renner said her office has not yet received the results of a blood test from Ramos after his arrest.

Ramos pleaded not guilty to all charges as the hearing concluded, and Exarhos set a trial date for Oct. 15. Ramos remains in the George Bailey Detention Facility on $51,000 bail.

   
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