Wife defends road rage murder suspect

June 26, 2008 7:04:05 PM PDT
Edwin Escobar Ramos is in jail, accused of a triple murder of a father and two sons in San Francisco. Ramos' wife is defending her husband who told police he is a member of a notorious gang. We spoke exclusively with the woman who says she knows the murder suspect better than anyone.

"Anyone that knows him, they know he's not like that," says Ramos' wife.

The wife of murder suspect Edwin Escobar Ramos did not want her name or face on television. However, she told ABC7 News in an exclusive interview that her husband is a non-violent man.

"He's just not that type of person," says Ramos' wife. "He's a great husband. He's a great father. I mean he's dedicated to us and that's how I know him."

Ramos was arrested Wednesday at his El Sobrante home for the murders of Tony Bologna and his two sons.

The Bolognas were shot Sunday in the city's Excelsior District when they accidentally blocked a Chrysler turning onto their street. Police say someone in a Chrysler opened fire, hitting all three victims.

Police released a sketch of the shooter. Tips later led to Ramos' arrest.

Ramos' lawyer, Joe O'Sullivan, talked to him Thursday morning.

"I can say after talking with him, I don't think he'll ever be convicted of this terrible crime," says O'Sullivan.

Ramos has admitted to police and his lawyer he's involved with a gang called Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a notoriously violent group. Three years ago, the FBI held raids resulting in 600 arrests across the country.

"They've committed brutal crimes like rape, murder and assault, and many of them have brought drugs and weapons into afflicted neighborhoods," said Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff in 2005.

The gang originated in El Salvador. Many of its early members were Salvadoran guerillas who fought in the long civil war. Its tentacles now stretch across the United States. Many MS-13 members cover themselves with tattoos. The 13 is the gothic symbol of bad luck. It stands for the group's struggles in life. MS-13 is affiliated with another Latino gang, the Sure?os or "southerners."

Ramos' wife wants Tony Bologna's widow to know she also feels her pain.

"I'm sorry it happened... but I have a daughter myself so I can only imagine how in pain she is," says Ramos' wife.

Mrs. Ramos says she was shocked her husband had been arrested, but that's all she would say about the case itself.

Ramos had a run in with the law last month. He was arrested in San Francisco on a weapons charge, but the case was dismissed for lack of evidence.

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