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Man charged in attack on 89-year-old Smithfield woman

Posted July 31

— A Four Oaks man was arrested Sunday morning after an 89-year-old woman was attacked in her Smithfield home, police said.

Jose Campuzano-Ramirez, 52, was charged with first-degree burglary, felonious assault, first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree forcible rape and attempted first-degree sexual offense. He was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $1 million bond.

Police said they responded to a burglary call shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday and found the injured woman in her home.

Authorities said Campuzano-Ramirez came through a window and attempted to rape the victim.

Two Smithfield Police Department K-9 teams were able to pick up a scent and traced it to Campuzano-Ramirez, police said.

In a 911 call, the woman can be heard pleading with authorities to come to her house.

Campuzano-Ramirez will be back in court next month.


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  • Janet Ghumri Jul 31, 6:40 p.m.
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    This isn't a man, it's an animal! To assault anyone is bad, but to target a defenseless senior citizen?? I guess he will get to feel what that's like in prison.

  • Brenda Lawrence Jul 31, 3:21 p.m.
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    Thomas, I think I'll buy one today just in case!!

  • Thomas Williams Jul 31, 2:05 p.m.
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    Too bad she didn't have a 12 gauge loaded with buckshot to give him a taste of.

  • Nancy LaBarge Jul 31, 1:52 p.m.
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    What a nasty piece of work!

  • Brenda Love Jul 31, 1:24 p.m.
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    OMG. What kind of monster is this to do something to an 89 year old woman? Throw the book at him! Put him under the jail.