Supervised released OK’d for defendant in robbery, kidnap

ASHLEY RAMOS; Supervised release granted

The Maui News

WAILUKU – A judge granted supervised release Monday to a Lahaina woman charged in the robbery and kidnapping of a California couple earlier this year at Nakalele Point.

Second Circuit Judge Peter Cahill released Ashley Ramos, 19, so she could participate in a partial residential program with Behavioral Health Hawaii in Kihei.

Ramos must report to Maui Intake Service Center and reside with her father in Lahaina unless her care provider recommends residential treatment and a bed becomes available, according to court documents.

Ramos had been scheduled to change her plea Monday in the case, but attorneys told Cahill they needed more time and pushed her hearing to Dec. 28.

The robbery occurred the evening of March 15 when the tourist couple returned to their rental car after the man had proposed marriage to the woman near the ocean at Nakalele Point, police said.

The couple reported being confronted by Ramos and co-defendant Phillip Rosenthal, 37, with guns before their belongings, including a $7,500 diamond engagement ring, were stolen.

Rosenthal allegedly forced the man into an older-model sport utility vehicle, while Ramos drove the woman in the couple’s rental car, police said.

Both vehicles headed south on Honoapiilani Highway before ending up at the Kehalani Longs Drugs in Wailuku.

Surveillance video showed Ramos in the store with the couple, who bought $1,300 in cash cards that they turned over to the robbers, police said.

The couple were released with their rental car, and they drove back to the Kaanapali hotel where they were staying and reported the crime.

Ramos and Rosenthal were arrested after separately turning themselves in to police.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for Rosenthal on Thursday.