By Neal Putnam
A Ramona man suspected of carjacking the vehicle that was driven by his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend has been charged with felony assault in the Nov. 24 incident.
Ricardo Daniel Macedo, 25, pleaded not guilty to the added charge before El Cajon Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren on Jan. 22. Macedo remains free on $75,000 bond on condition he has no contact with the 23-year-old victim.
One of Macedo’s friends, Elias Ruiz, 25, also was charged Jan. 22 with the carjacking, and he pleaded not guilty. Ruiz is free on bond.
A preliminary hearing for both men was scheduled for Feb. 11.
The victim talked to a San Diego Police officer on Nov. 24 before the carjacking, saying he believed he was being followed in his car from the San Pasqual Valley. The victim talked to the officer at a road closure, and the officer contacted Macedo, but let him go because no criminal violation had taken place, according to the report.
Once in Ramona, Macedo and Ruiz allegedly followed the new boyfriend and took his car where he had stopped at 2405 Main St. at 7:48 p.m. The new boyfriend was kicked in the face and punched, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Macedo is alleged to have driven off with the new boyfriend’s vehicle while Ruiz left in the other car. Deputies contacted San Diego police for Macedo’s name and went to his residence, where they found the stolen car.
Macedo admitted to taking the car, saying he was jealous of the new boyfriend. He also admitted to assaulting the victim, deputies said.