Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Judge Delays Sentencing in Home Invasion

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Judge Delays Sentencing in Home Invasion

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A scheduled sentencing for the alleged getaway driver in a Paramus home invasion was postponed Tuesday when the defendant wavered on her guilty plea.

Madelyn Ramos, who is presumed to be 39, told Judge Christopher Kazlau in state Superior Court that she doesn't know her birth date, that she was born in Cuba instead of Mexico, and that she didn't know that three men she drove to Paramus were there to rob a home.

Authorities say Ramos drove Lazaro Guiterez, 39; Edgardo Vazquez- Lopez, 22; and Christian Hernandez, 25, to the home on Mill Run on May 14, 2014. Ramos rang the doorbell. The victim, who was working from home and on the telephone, saw Ramos and a red minivan parked in front of his home and ignored it.

A few minutes later, the 67-year-old heard the sound of something breaking and was confronted by three men who threw him to the ground and tied his hands and feet with a phone cord while asking, "Where's the money? Where's the money?" The victim suffered minor injuries but did not seek medical assistance.

Hernandez was sentenced last week and Guiterez and Vazquez-Lopez were sentenced Monday to eight years in prison under a plea deal.

Ramos, who appeared in court Tuesday with her dark hair twisted up in a bun and was beside her attorney Gayle Hargrove, spoke through an interpreter, telling the court the four Houston residents were on their way to Brooklyn when Hernandez suggested the detour.

Kazlau asked Ramos why she rang the doorbell.

"Christian Hernandez told me they owed him money for a construction job," Ramos said through the interpreter. "And the only one who knows any English is me."

Kazlau asked Ramos if she knew that after the three men came out of the house that she was aiding and abetting their getaway. Ramos told the judge that the men told her they were being chased by someone with a gun.

At one point she told the interpreter to tell the judge, "I just don't understand this game," after which the judge gave her a new date to appear, July 8. …

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