Hostage Taker with Knife to Woman’s Throat in Round Lake Basement Charged with Aggravated Unlawful Restraint

Gerzin Ramirez-Perez, charged with Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, Domestic Battery (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff's Office)
Gerzin Ramirez-Perez, charged with Aggravated Unlawful Restraint, Domestic Battery (SOURCE: Lake County Sheriff’s Office).

Gerzin Ramirez-Perez, 33, of the 700 block of North Park Road, Round Lake, has been charged in connection with a hostage situation that involved a police officer involved shooting last week in Round Lake.

Members of the Round Lake Police Department reviewed the circumstances of the incident with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. After reviewing the details, the following charges were approved against Gerzin Ramirez-Perez:

Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (Class 3 Felony)

Two Counts of Domestic Battery (Class A Misdemeanors)

On September 22, 2023, an arrest warrant was drafted and a Lake County Judge approved and signed the warrant.

Ramirez-Perez was discharged from an area hospital on Monday, September 25, 2023. Upon his discharge, he was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail, where he remains in custody pending ‘First Appearance Court’ Tuesday morning, September 26, 2023.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

— Lake County Sheriff’s Office

The Lake County Major Crime Task Force continues to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation that occurred yesterday in Round Lake, during a hostage situation.

Round Lake Police Officers were dispatched about 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2023 for an unknown problem at a residence in the 700 block of North Park Road, Round Lake. A 911 caller reported that police were needed, but hung up before emergency telecommunicators could ask additional questions. Officers arrived and located a woman outside of the home. The woman outside the home told police officers there was another woman in the basement of the home, who needed help.

Round Lake Police Officers arrived at the residence and knocked on the door. The homeowner answered the door and allowed officers inside. The homeowner told officers there is a man (later identified as a 33-year-old) and woman (later identified as a 30-year-old) who live in a downstairs basement apartment of the home.

Round Lake Police Officers approached a basement door and could hear what sounded like people in the basement. The police officers attempted to speak to the couple through the door, in an attempt to determine the problem. Around the same time, a police officer on the outside of the home looked through a basement window and saw the man holding a knife to the woman’s neck. Round Lake Police Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation; however, the man continued holding the knife to the woman and refused to put the knife down or let the victim go.

Due to the nature of the situation, the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS), a regional SWAT team, was requested to the scene. Members of NIPAS arrived and attempted de-escalation techniques and negotiations, to rescue the hostage and peacefully resolve the situation. As the victim and man were Spanish speaking, Spanish linguists were on-scene to lead the communication efforts. During their efforts, the man grew increasingly agitated and refused to drop the knife or follow any of the instructions requested by NIPAS, placing the victim at substantial risk of being killed or seriously injured. Two members of NIPAS discharged their firearms, striking the man.

Members of NIPAS were able to rescue the victim from the man’s grip, following the shooting. Police officers provided aid to the man, until nearby paramedics arrived. The male hostage taker was transported to an area hospital with critical injuries, but is expected to survive. The victim sustained minor injuries during the attack and was evaluated by paramedics. She declined transport to the hospital.

The two officers involved in the shooting were transported to area hospitals for evaluation, per protocol.

The initial woman police encountered outside of the home was an acquaintance of the victim, who the victim attempted to contact while being attacked by the man.

Per state law, the Lake County Major Crime Task Force is conducting an independent investigation into the officer involved shooting. Evidence, including two knives, were collected from the scene.



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