Rape suspect arrested after trying to escape Pleasant Hill Nordstrom Rack once long standoff ended

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Rape suspect arrested after Pleasant Hill Nordstrom Rack standoff

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. (KGO) -- The rape and domestic violence suspect at the center of an hours-long standoff inside a pleasant hill Nordstrom Rack Tuesday into Wednesday is now in jail.

Authorities say Joseph Alan Ramos ran inside the store Tuesday night after leading police on a chase in what they say was a stolen vehicle. The standoff lasted through Wednesday morning, as police were searching the rafters, but could not find him and called it off around 7:30 a.m.

Police were convinced Ramos changed clothes and sneaked out with customers, but hours later they spotted him lowering himself down from the ceiling.

That's when he was arrested around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.

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"If we don't catch him today, we will get him another day," a Pleasant Hill PD spokesperson told ABC 7 News just hours before Ramos climbed down and tried to escape.

During the standoff, there was a very large law enforcement presence on scene throughout Wednesday morning, as officers were coming and going from the entrance of the store with the doors open.

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They even used a cherry picker to get up to the rafters, and sent a drone into the store.

A Nordstrom Rack spokesperson told ABC7 News that the store was fully evacuated during the incident and that no employees or customers were harmed.

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