Torresdale man arrested for rape attempt

Ramos

A Torresdale man with a history of arrests for sexual assault and stalking is behind bars again after he allegedly tried to rape a stranger less than a block from his home in broad daylight on June 6.

Felix Ramos, 44, of the 9500 block of James St., has been charged with attempted rape, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, aggravated indecent assault and related offenses. At about 6 p.m. that day, Ramos allegedly approached a 29-year-old woman outside the Wawa at 9456 State Road and asked her for a cigarette. He then grabbed the victim and dragged her to a wooded area behind the Delaire Shopping Center, police said. The site abuts the Amtrak railroad.

The woman reportedly told police that Ramos exposed himself and tried to rip off her clothes before she broke free and called 911. Responding police spotted him a short time later in a rear driveway of 9600 State Road. The victim confirmed him as her attacker.

Ramos remains in prison in lieu of $350,000 bail awaiting a preliminary hearing on June 23.

Ramos has at least six prior arrests in Philadelphia dating to 1998, court records show. In 2003, he was convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine months probation. Two years later, a jury acquitted him of attempted rape and related charges. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to trespassing and was fined. In 2011, he was arrested for aggravated assault and related offenses, but later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to up to one year in prison.

His most recent prior arrest was in 2012, when authorities charged him with burglary, stalking and violating a court stay-away order. That case was later dismissed for lack of evidence. ••