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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  • by Doug Location: N. IL on May 11, 2011 at 11:38 PM
    Did the hospital get the wheelchair back that he stole and did he get another charge added for stealing it
  • by mike p Location: roscoe on May 11, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    "fresh air"?? HA! sounds like this guy watched sum t.v., learned the oldest trick in the book and succeeded. and what kind of hospital doesnt already have "fresh air" pumped into there building anyways? and where was the police or security that are supposed to be guarding such ppl while they are there?
  • by RockTowns Finest Location: 815 on May 10, 2011 at 09:19 PM
    Wow, I think tha police dropped tha ball on this one. Shouldn't he have a cop as a roommate?
  • by marinaa Location: rockford on May 10, 2011 at 02:09 PM
    That is crazy.. Not only does he get to go out and get fresh air he is aloud to wear street cloths?? makes absolutely no sense to me..
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2011 at 01:17 PM
    Keep your eyes open!
  • by Amanda on May 10, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    Wow, you have got to love Wisconsin police. If my loved one were killed by someone via car accident, I would expect that he would be handcuffed and not be allowed "fresh air". I don't think this idiot was thinking of the victims' needs when he crashed into them. My sympathies to the victims of this accident and your loved ones, may you get the justice you deserve.
  • by B Location: Belvidere on May 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM
    I heard on the radio about 20 minutes ago that he asked a nurse if he could go outside and then the nurse asked security and they said that he could not go outside and she lead him outside anyways. Sounds like the nurse could be in quite the trouble!
  • by Mike on May 10, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    ok let me see if I'm right here guy kills 2 people in a car accident and I assume he was under arrest at the time? So he goes out to get some fresh air and poof he is gone but he has a cast on his leg and was SEEN getting on a city bus but according to this report he can only get around with a wheelchair or a walker? So let me break this down you have a guy up on homicide charges no handcuffs or restraints on him just get up and WALK out of the hospital and was seen getting on a bus but no one got the route number or even the bus number of the one he got on. And just recently this department was here telling Rockford Police department how they can do there job better. All I have to say this good luck Rockford your cops are being trained by incompatent people but hey your use to that right? Your chief and mayor just announced the crime rate is down things are looking up for Rockford but yet 2 more shootings and a stabbing in past day or 2 all I have to say IS GOOD LUCK
  • by Mike on May 10, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    ok let me see if I'm right here guy kills 2 people in a car accident and I assume he was under arrest at the time? So he goes out to get some fresh air and poof he is gone but he has a cast on his leg and was SEEN getting on a city bus but according to this report he can only get around with a wheelchair or a walker? So let me break this down you have a guy up on homicide charges no handcuffs or restraints on him just get up and WALK out of the hospital and was seen getting on a bus but no one got the route number or even the bus number of the one he got on. And just recently this department was here telling Rockford Police department how they can do there job better. All I have to say this good luck Rockford your cops are being trained by incompatent people but hey your use to that right? Your chief and mayor just announced the crime rate is down things are looking up for Rockford but yet 2 more shootings and a stabbing in past day or 2 all I have to say IS GOOD LUCK
  • by Nicole Location: Rockford on May 10, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    Are you kidding me?! Guy gets away who can only get around well with a wheelchair or a walker...gets on a public bus and can't be caught??! Ridiculous! Did no one think to call the bus company and have the bus stopped? Unreal.
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