AUSTIN – Police say a man who has been arrested more than 50 times in the last 20 years has been charged with robbing a blind man at gunpoint and selling the items at a pawn shop near the victim’s home.
Court documents for Charles Andrew Ramirez, 37, state officers were called to a home on Falcon Cove around 8:45 p.m. Nov. 7 for the robbery. The victim, who is legally blind yet has partial vision in one eye, said he was sitting in his home talking on the phone when the suspect – later identified as Ramirez – rushed into his home. The victim told police he saw something in the suspect’s hand and heard the sound of a semi-automatic firearm being racked.
Police allege in the affidavit that Ramirez held his gun to the victim’s head and ripped a necklace from his neck. The necklace was described to officers as 14-carat gold with a gold medallion that contained multiple diamonds, and a 1910 “Indian Head” U.S. $5 coin. The victim also told police the suspect took his phone before he ran from the home.
According to the affidavit, Ramirez sold the necklace and medallions at a South Congress pawn shop on Nov. 9. The manager told police he purchased the items from Ramirez, and APD noted in the affidavit that the pawn shop is located less than a mile from the victim’s home.
Police have charged Ramirez with felony aggravated robbery, and the affidavit lists his bond at $15,000. The affidavit also states Ramirez’s previous criminal record includes arrests for theft, theft from person and aggravated assault. A booking photo is not available as of early Tuesday afternoon.