Dothan Police Make Arrest for Rape 1st Degree and Sexual Abuse of a Child Less than 12 Years of Age

On April 30th 2018 Dothan Police Investigators received a report of a possible sex crime against a child under 12 years old. An investigation began immediately and the suspect was identified as Joseph Ramirez, 36, of Radford Circle, Dothan.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s home in the 100 block of Radford Circle. Before executing the search warrant Ramirez made it known to police that he was armed with a firearm and made threats against himself and officers if they attempted to take him into custody.

The Dothan SRT Team was used to execute the search warrant. When they arrived at the residence Ramirez had barricaded the doors and covered the windows in the home. The SRT Team made entry into the home through a window and encountered Ramirez with a shotgun making threats to the officers. After a brief struggle Ramirez was taken into custody with minor injuries.

Ramirez was taken to the Dothan Police Department for questioning. After interviews were concluded Ramirez was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age and two counts of rape 1st degree. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.

All persons are innocent until proven guilty.