On July 23 of this year, police in Wyandotte County, Kansas arrested an 18-year old man who was working on Van’s Warped Tour over allegations he engaged in forced sexual conduct with an unidentified 18-year old girl. The story took a few days to get out, but in the last 24-hours has spread like wildfire across the internet. We still do not have all the details, but this afternoon new information has become available.
Christian Jose Ramos of California was booked into Wyandotte County Detention Center on July 24 on the charge of rape. He is currently being held on $50,000 bond and is expected to appear before a judge in the near future for his disposition. It is unclear at this time which band or company Ramos was working for at the time the incident occurred, but we are working with a number of sources to track down that information. You can view a screenhot from the Wyandotte County Sherriff’s website featuring a photo of Ramos at the end of this post.
As someone who has been on Warped Tour myself, I want to make it as clear as possible that this is not a normal occurrence on this tour, and I am certain the crew at Vans are doing everything in their power to help investigators. Kevin Lyman and his team work hard to ensure the safety of everyone on the tour, both on stage and in the crowd. Still, sometimes tragedies happen.
Organizers for Warped Tour have yet to comment on this situation. Stay tuned for updates.