Ramierez-Martinez
Ramierez-Martinez

A 24-year-old man accused of raping a woman in her car behind a bar in downtown Longmont earlier this year is facing two felony charges.

Edgar Ramirez-Martinez was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault/victim incapable of appraising and sexual assault/victim physically helpless on Tuesday.

Ramirez-Martinez, who lists a current address in Boulder, was later released on a $10,000 bond Tuesday.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday to receive his official charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim told police that she and coworkers had been at Breaker's Bar and Grill at 380 Main St. on April 21 for a goodbye party for Ramirez-Martinez.

They had also met earlier at someone's home for a get-together that didn't involve much drinking, she said.

The victim said that after her second drink, she started to feel dizzy and stopped drinking. She ended up getting sick, although she wondered how. She blacked out for parts of the night, according to the affidavit, and next remembered waking up in the back seat of her car.

She didn't remember how she got to the car, she told police, and she still felt sick. Ramirez-Martinez was there and pulled her pants down, according to the affidavit.

Ramirez-Martinez then raped her, according to what the victim told police, and she felt as though she couldn't say no. She got sick again and began to vomit as she lay there.


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The victim told police she had thought of Ramirez-Martinez as a friend and that it was hard to think about what had happened, according to the affidavit, but she hoped reporting it could prevent something similar from happening to someone else in the future.

The alleged assault took place in the early hours of April 22, and the victim reported it later the same day.

The victim took a Sexual Assault Nurses Examination, or SANE, that day as well, and allowed police to search her car. DNA swabs from Ramirez-Martinez were collected later, on June 12, and Longmont police are still awaiting results.

According to the affidavit, police spoke with witnesses who also attended the party that night. One witness was sober that night and tried to help the victim and an intoxicated friend get home.

Earlier in the night, the sober witness went to buy drinks for Ramirez-Martinez, but was refused by the bartender, who said they were no longer selling to him because he was too intoxicated.

The sober witness also told police that she saw the victim dancing and having a good time, and then it seemed in an instant she had to be held up and helped to the bathroom.

Later, the sober witness helped the victim to the victim's car, according to the affidavit. The witness kept going back into the bar to convince the victim's friend, who was intoxicated, to leave with her. Ramirez-Martinez and another man also helped get the victim to her car, and the sober witness asked Ramirez-Martinez to stay with her while she went back into the bar.

The other woman, who was drunk, was refusing to leave the bar.

When the sober witness returned to the car, Ramirez-Martinez said he couldn't go back into the bar because he had an old ID and they wouldn't let him back in, according to the affidavit.

The witness told police she was angry with herself for not questioning him further, but she was worried about the two women she was trying to get out.

Finally, the witness convinced the intoxicated friend to go home with the victim. As they walked to the car, the friend said that the victim was having sex with Ramirez-Martinez in her car.

When the sober witness opened the back car door, they saw Ramirez-Martinez sitting on a seat with his pants down, and the victim leaning on the other side with her pants and underwear down, according to the affidavit.

After she asked Ramirez-Martinez what he was doing, he said,"She wanted it. No, no, I didn't do anything," according to the affidavit.

The witness then got into the car and quickly drove away with the victim. When she pulled over to defog the windshield, she checked on the victim and found her still leaning on her side and thought she "might drown in her own vomit," according to the affidavit. She pulled the victim's pants up and sat her up.

Once at the witness's home, the witness told police it was difficult to get the victim inside. The witness described her as "totally limp," according to the affidavit. Later in the morning, she found that the victim had left.

The woman who hosted the party earlier in the night also spoke with police. According to an affidavit, she said that Ramirez-Martinez had been aggressive with a friend in the past when she had hosted people at her home for a porch wedding. The friend had kicked him out of the spare bedroom and locked the door until he left, according to the affidavit.

The friend who was intoxicated at Breaker's told police she drank more than usual that night, and the bartenders cut many of them off. According to the affidavit, she said that Ramirez-Martinez had asked her to go to his truck while her friends were in the bathroom, but he wouldn't tell her what for.

According to Colorado courts records, Ramirez-Martinez has previous traffic convictions for driving under the influence and driving without a license, among other violations.

Madeline St. Amour: 303-684-5212, mstamour@prairiemountainmedia.com