Police: Man Pistol-whipped Victim, Ordered Him To Withdraw Money From Bank

August 1, 2018

WILKES-BARRE — A city man tied a man up and pistol-whipped him before ordering him to go to a nearby bank to withdraw cash, according to police.

Alexander Ramirez, 29, of 171 Charles St., was arrested after the victim directed his captor to a bank and then told the manager what was happening, police said.

According to the charges, the victim, Gregory Thompson, had gone to Ramirez’s house around 3 a.m. July 19 to drink beer and hang out with friends. But at one point, Ramirez — whom Thompson knew as “Country” — began to accuse him of stealing and tied up his hands, police said.

Ramirez and another man, identified in the charges only as Randy, began assaulting Thompson and directing others in the home to beat him as well, police said. During the attack, Ramirez threatened to shoot Thompson and pistol-whipped him on the head, causing a cut to his left forehead, according to the charges.

The complaint alleges that Ramirez then ordered Thompson to go to the bank to withdraw and bring back $500 in cash.

Ramirez directed another man, Richard Kasperitis, to supervise the withdrawal, and Thompson told him to go to the Community Bank at 406 S. Main St., police said. Thompson does not have an account there, but went there in an attempt to get help, police said.

At the bank, Kasperitis waited outside while Thompson went in and told the manager what was happening, according to the charges. The manager then locked the doors and called police around 9:05 a.m.

Officers arriving on scene spoke to Thompson and then located Kasperitis hiding behind a clothing aisle in the nearby Dollar General, police said. Kasperitis later told police that everyone in the home agreed to beat Thompson because they are afraid of Ramirez and Randy because both men carry guns, the complaint says.

Kasperitis was cited for harassment and released, police said.

Police charged Ramirez with aggravated assault, illegal weapons possession, simple assault, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment and harassment.

Magisterial District Judge Joseph A. Halesey arraigned Ramirez on the charges Tuesday afternoon and ordered him jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000.

A preliminary hearing was set for July 31.

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