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Parolee Who Abducted CMU Student Had Long Criminal Record


The family who helped rescue a Central Michigan student abducted by a prison parolee is speaking out.

Inside the home were two kids waiting for their dad. They led the woman into their bathroom and hid. He said he called his dad, who rushed home and put out the house fire.

"I opened the door and she asked me like if my parents are home. I told her no and she's like, 'well a guy just kidnapped me and he's going to try and kill me," said James Persyn Jr. "We heard banging and he was screaming let me in. And then it kind of just went quiet for awhile."

Police say Ramsey forced the woman into her vehicle, before tying her up and sexually assaulting her. He then put her back in the car with gas cans and told her she was going to die. That's when she jumped out and ran to a nearby home for help. Officials say 30-year-old Eric Lee Ramsey used a BB gun made to look like a 45-caliber weapon.

However, this was not Ramsey's first run in with the law. He was on parole less than six months with a long criminal history.

According to Michigan Department of Corrections Spokesman Russ Marlan, there was no reason to not release him on parole.

"He had served his sentence in prison. He did reasonably well in prison. He went through one of the best programs we offer on his way out of prison," said Marian. "And like I said, the people that successfully complete it typically do much better once they're released."

This particular case may not have raised red flags, but even though Marlan says we can't perfectly predict human behavior, he says the state has a pretty good track record. He says, Michigan's " recidivism rate is much lower than the national average. It's one of the lowest in the country. The lowest in the Great Lakes Area."

But Ingham county Prosecutor Stewart Dunnings disagrees with how Marlan calculates those numbers.

"If they calculate the rate of recidivism as the number of people being returned to prison, it may be going down. But I think for most people, the recidivism rate is the number of parolees who are committing new crimes," said Dunnings.

Officials are still investigating the incident surrounding Ramsey. Stay with 6 News for this developing story.

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