MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The man who triggered a Mount Pleasant AMBER Alert Tuesday night for a 3-year-old boy remains in police custody in Lumberton, North Carolina following a brief pursuit that ended in a collision.
A citizen spotted the car driven by Michael Ramirez, Jr., 31, traveling north on I-95 after the AMBER Alert was issued and notified the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Troopers say Ramirez led them on a brief pursuit which ended in a collision with the child inside the car.
Ramirez was taken into custody by Robeson County deputies in North Carolina and is being held on charges from Mount Pleasant.
Ramirez's son was examined by EMS but was not injured in the crash and has been transported back to Mount Pleasant and has been reunited with his mother, according to Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe.
Police in Mount Pleasant responded at approximately 7:11 p.m. Tuesday night to a domestic violence call in which Ramirez was accused of holding a knife to his wife and threatening to kill her. Ramirez left the home with the boy before officers arrived, Googe said.
The victim told police Ramirez threatened to kill her, and began to poke her in the face with a kitchen knife. She says she was able to run out of the room, at which point Ramirez grabbed the child and left the apartment.
Ramirez faces charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and could face additional charges, Googe said.
Investigators say they are working to have Ramirez extradited to Charleston County.