Man charged with attacking letter carrier was arrested after relatives recognized him from police photos

Cesar Ramirez, 44, faces multiple felony charges, including attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and vehicular hijacking.

A man charged with attacking a letter carrier last weekend in Little Village was arrested after his relatives recognized him from surveillance photos and turned him in, according to prosecutors.

Cesar Ramirez, 44, faces multiple felony charges, including attempted aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and vehicular hijacking.

“This is stranger danger of the most violent example,” Judge David Navarro said as he denied bail for Ramirez during a hearing Wednesday.

Ramirez encountered the postal worker, 28, on Saturday afternoon when both of them were inside a gas station convenience store at 2801 S. Pulaski Road, prosecutors said.

The letter carrier was behind Ramirez as she approached the counter to pay for her items. They had a brief interaction that was captured on the store’s surveillance cameras, prosecutors said.

When the woman got back inside her postal van and drove away, she noticed movement in the back and saw Ramirez, who grabbed her by her hair and threatened to kill her unless she drove to a parking lot several block away, prosecutors said.

After parking, Ramirez told the woman to remove her clothing and attempted to sexually assault her, prosecutors said. When the woman tried to get out the back, Ramirez allegedly grabbed her by her clothing. She was able to slip out of the items and run away.

The woman sought safety at an auto body shop, where she was given a T-shirt and reported the attack to police.


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