By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Yale man with an extensive criminal record has been ordered to stand trial on separate felony charges of punching the face of a female relative whose jaw and eye were fractured on June 24, 2021– and burglarizing a neighbor’s house on Aug. 6, 2021.
Joseph Ray Ramage, 37, who has a record of domestic violence, attempted robbery, and illegal gun possession, has been ordered jailed on $70,000 total bail pending his arraignment in trial court on Jan. 18.
If convicted of aggravated assault and battery on a female relative, Ramage could be imprisoned for four years to life due to his criminal record. If convicted of burglarizing a neighbor’s house, Ramage could be given a prison term of two to seven years, court records show.
Ramage was arrested last summer after both charges were filed on Aug. 26, 2021, when a couple living near Ramage obtained emergency protective orders against him, court records show.
A man told Yale Police Officer Gerold Haley on Aug. 7, 2021, “his neighbor (Ramage) had broken into his house last night and he had it on video,” an affidavit by Yale Police Officer Stephen Lombard alleged.
The man said, “they have not stayed at home for the last week because (Ramage) has been making statements about the f….. up dreams he is having about (the man’s) wife,” the affidavit alleged. The man said that Ramage “has come to his home three times banging on the door when he knows his wife is home alone,” the affidavit alleged.
The man said, “his wife, daughter, and himself have been staying with (relatives) due to J.R. Ramage’s increasingly erratic behavior,” the affidavit alleged.
The man said, “when he arrived to check on his home and look at his cameras, he said Ramage approached him and stated, ‘Hey, you might want to check your back door. Someone kicked it in.’ (The man said) he told Ramage that he had cameras now and he would look and see who kicked the door in. (The man said) Ramage responded, ‘it was me.’ (The man said) he just walked away from Ramage and went to check the cameras,” the affidavit alleged.
The man said that when he reviewed the cameras, “he witnessed J.R. Ramage trespassing multiple times, as well as break and enter into his home.” The man said “leading up to this, Ramage would come to his home, but only when his wife was home alone. (He said) Ramage would knock on the door numerous times in a day trying to get his wife to answer the door,” the affidavit alleged.
The man said “when Ramage did this, he would have to leave work and come home and Ramage would not knock when he knew (the man) was home. (The man) said “he would go ask Ramage what he wanted, and Ramage would tell him something that did not make sense,” the affidavit alleged.
The man said on one occasion when they were leaving, Ramage walked up into their driveway, approached them, and said, “he had been having weird dreams about (the man’s) wife,” but refused to elaborate on the dreams, the affidavit alleged. The man said, “he and his family have not stayed at their home since, due to not knowing what Ramage will do next,” the affidavit alleged.
The man’s wife said, “Ramage is constantly watching them when they are out in the yard with their daughter. (She) said that “Ramage has been clearly delusional and high on drugs every time she and her husband have spoken with him,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she is afraid to go into her own yard or answer her door because of his strange behavior. She said that he stares at her all the time, and she is afraid that he wants to hurt her. She said that on Saturday, Aug.7, 2021, he again came knocking on her door after her husband had left. She said her husband came to pick her and her daughter up and took them to work with him, so they would not have to worry about Ramage,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “as they were leaving, he approached her window and proceeded to tell us about how he keeps having crazy weird dreams about me. She said that when her husband tried to get him to tell what the dreams were about, he continued to say, ‘crazy weird shit’ and they drove off. She said they have not stayed in their home since that time,” the affidavit alleged.
The man sent videos from his surveillance system to Yale police and, “you can see J.R. Ramage obviously walking on their property several times. One video actually shows Ramage kick in the back door to the home, and he walks through the door into the house,” the affidavit alleged.
On Aug. 7, 2021, Yale Deputy Police Chief Ken Moore took a report from another woman, “who said she did not want Ramage knocking on her door or on her property,” the affidavit alleged. That woman “told Moore she was afraid of Ramage, and she had children. (She) told Moore if Ramage came back, she would shoot him to defend herself and her children,” the affidavit alleged.
“Ramage has a violent history with his family, who do not want him around. Ramage has been and is currently a known drug user,” the affidavit alleged.
In a separate case, a police dispatcher received a call at 7:11 am on June 24, 2021, that a female relative of Ramage “showed up with blood in her hair, (with a) swollen right eye and swollen lip,” at a relative’s house, Yale Police Officer Keith Hammons alleged in an affidavit.
When the officer saw the injured woman, the “right side of her face was swollen, her right eye was swollen shut, (and she) had dried blood under her nostrils and a small cut on her upper lip,” but she claimed she just fell down. When a relative asked if Ramage hit her, she did not reply and later refused to tell Cushing ambulance personnel what happened, the affidavit alleged.
After the injured woman “was advised by one of the medics that her jaw was probably broken and maybe her eye socket by the swelling and bruising, (she) agreed to have (a relative) take her to Stillwater for evaluation, the affidavit alleged. A relative told Yale police that the injured woman was advised she “would need to see a specialist due to the compound fractures to her face,” the affidavit alleged.
At about 3:30 pm that same day, “Dispatch advised me that J.R. had come to the police station to get a voluntary statement so he could give his side of the story. Dispatch tried to have him speak with me, but he stated he did not want to,” the Yale officer alleged in his affidavit.
According to Payne County court records and the state Department of Corrections, Ramage was 20 years old when he was sent to the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program for attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon in 2001 and eluding a Yale police officer in 2003. He was incarcerated for about six months until he was released to four and one-half years of probation in 2004.
In 2016, Ramage was convicted of two separate incidents of felony domestic violence, for which he was initially given four years of probation that was revoked in 2017 to one year in jail, again revoked in 2018 to 90 days in jail, and again revoked in 2019 to 180 days in jail.
In 2017, Ramage was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, for which he was originally given a one-year jail term followed by nine years of probation, which was revoked in 2018 to 90 days in jail, again revoked in 2019 to 180 days in jail, and in 2020 again revoked to one year in jail with credit for time served.