Ramon Lamont Newell, 28, of Winona, a level-three predatory offender, was arrested for criminal sexual conduct and burglary that took place in April 2013. On April 25, 2013 officers were dispatched to an address on Wilson Street after receiving a report from an adult male that he was contacted on Facebook by an adult female who told him someone had come into her house and taken her phone.
Officers surrounded and cleared the house. The victim stated that on April 24, 2013, at approximately 10 p.m. she heard the doorknob on the exterior door being turned. She noticed the door was cracked open, closed the door and proceeded to lock it. She then went to sleep and awoke around 4:50 a.m. to find a person crouched down at the foot of her bed. The victim asked “who are you,” and the suspect responded by telling her to “shut up” and that he was carrying a knife. She told him to take whatever he wanted, but not to hurt her. The suspect allegedly put a pillow case over her face and touched the her in a sexual manner. After the suspect left her room, the victim attempted to call 911, but realized her phone was gone. She did not know if the suspect had left the house and was afraid to leave her room. The victim went on Facebook to see if anyone was online to make the call for her. That is how she contacted the male who called the police.
The victim described the suspect as a black male, between five feet seven inches and five feet ten inches tall, wearing a baggy black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up over his head.
The victim’s cellphone was a U.S. Cellular Motorola Electrify with a listed price of $600. The only identifying characteristic of the victim’s phone was a cracked screen. The victim later found that her purse was missing as well.
Investigators collected DNA samples from the victim’s bedroom, and cast an impression of a shoe or boot print from the southeast corner of the property. The footprints were within a few feet of the victim’s window.
Law enforcement agents notified Newell’s probation officer that Newell was a suspect in the investigation and could be linked to the crimes through shoe prints. A regular probation visit to Ramon Newell’s residence on April 29, 2013, led to the discovery of boots matching the prints near the crime scene. A probation officer photographed the boots, as they appeared to match the unusual print pattern, as well as a distinct thread pattern described by officers.
A search warrant was then executed and Newell’s boots were seized. A DNA sample from Newell was also submitted for analysis to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
The BCA lab report found that Newell’s boots matched a partial impression of a right shoe print found at the scene. DNA testing was performed on a sample taken from the fan switch in the victim’s bedroom. Testing revealed that the sample contained a mixture of DNA from two or more individuals. Over 99 percent of the general population could be excluded from being contributors to that sample, including the victim’s boyfriend and one of her roommates. However, the victim and Newell could not be excluded.
Newell was charged in Winona County with criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, criminal sexual predatory conduct, and burglary in the first degree.
Newell is a level-three predatory offender, who was living in the city of Winona on April 25, 2013. Newell has been described as an African-American male, five feet nine inches tall, and approximately 200 pounds with a medium build.
Newell has an extensive criminal history, including several convictions of felony interference with privacy, which is a charge for peeping in windows. Newell’s record includes the following convictions:
Burglary in the first degree, Olmsted County, sentenced on March 10, 2005 (offense date: June 30, 2003).
Financial transaction card fraud, Olmsted County, sentenced on March 10, 2005 (offense date: January 22, 2004).
Financial transaction card fraud, Olmsted County, Sentenced March 10, 2005 (offense date: March 2, 2004).
Felony interference with Privacy, Winona County, sentenced October 28, 2009 (offense date: May 28, 2006).
Domestic assault, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: April 27, 2006).
Domestic assault by strangulation, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: May 7, 2006).
Felony interference with privacy, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: June 6, 2006).
Felony interference with privacy, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: November 7, 2005).
Felony failure to appear, Olmsted County sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: February 5, 2007).
Felony interference with privacy, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date: April 29, 2006).
Residential burglary, Cook County, Illinois, sentenced June 18, 2007 (offense date: March 12, 2007).
Interference with privacy, Olmsted County, sentenced on December 5, 2005 (offense date: November 30, 2003).
Indecent exposure, Olmsted County, sentenced February 2, 2010 (offense date January 28, 2007).
Felony interference with privacy, Winona County, sentenced on February 20, 2013 (offense date: July, 30, 2012).
Gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud, Olmsted County, sentenced June 27, 2013 (offense date: August 3, 2012).
Gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud, Olmsted County, sentenced June 27, 2013 (offense date: August 6, 2012).
Newell is also currently charged in Winona County with felony Interference with privacy, for conduct that allegedly occurred on August 12, 2013.