Suspect Escapes from Wisconsin Hospital in Police Custody

UPDATE from the Janesville Police Dept.: On 05/11/11 at 2:48 p.m., officers and detectives from the Janesville Police Department took Omar Tavizon-Ramos into custody. Detective Mike Duerr had received a tip from a citizen that Ramos was in an apartment on N. Parker Dr. in Janesville. Ramos was taken into custody without incident. He was initially transported to Mercy Hospital to have his medical condition checked. Pending clearance from Mercy Hospital, Mr. Ramos will be held at the Rock County Jail.

Ramos was the driver of a car that was involved in a traffic crash on April 24th that killed Jeffery Bauer and Margaret Worden. Ramos sustained significant injuries in the crash and was ultimately med-flighted to UW Hospital in Madison. Officers were eventually able to interview Ramos about the crash while he was at UW Hospital. At that time, Ramos was cited for 1 count of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle. Due to the extent of Ramos' injuries, it was decided that an officer would not be assigned to monitor Ramos around the clock. The officer placed a police hold on Ramos. A police hold indicates to hospital staff that police should be contacted before a patient is released from the hospital.

On 05/09/11, unauthorized, Mr. Ramos left UW Hospital prior to being released. Since that time Janesville detectives interviewed several friends and family members and have worked with the Madison Police Department and UW- Madison Police Department in attempt to locate Mr. Ramos.

The Janesville Police Department also received several tips from citizens who had seen or believed they had seen Mr. Ramos after he had left the hospital, but before he was located. Each tip was followed up on. As is often the case, citizen involvement was instrumental in Mr. Ramos being taken into custody.

MADISON (WIFR) -- A man facing homicide charges for a fatal car crash in Janesville that left two people dead, has escaped from a Wisconsin hospital.

Janesville police say, Omar Tavizon-Ramos fled the University of Wisconsin Hospital-Madison last night at about 10:00 p.m. when he was outside getting some fresh air.

Tavizon-Ramos was in the hospital being treated for injuries he received from a car accident on Easter morning. Tavizon-Ramos was the driver of a car that hit a van killing Jeffery Bauer and Margaret Worden.

Police say he still has a cast on his leg and can only get around by a wheelchair or walker. He was last seen getting on to a City of Madison bus, while he wearing blue plaid shorts and a gray "BUM" hooded sweatshirt.

Police describe him as a Hispanic male about 6'0'', 150 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. If you have any information about his whereabouts call the Janesville Police at 608-755-3100 or Janesville Area CrimeStoppers at 608-756-3636.



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