Man accused of assault, possible looting in Loveland flood zone

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(Credit: Larimer County Sheriff's Office)

LOVELAND, Colo. — A 20-year-old man was arrested in a restricted flood area Thursday on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, among other charges.

Police were also investigating whether Ethan Ramm of Loveland may have looted from flood victims various items he was carrying at the time of his arrest.

Ramm was arrested Thursday in the 6800 block of Highway 34 in Loveland, Larimer County officials said. Police had previously confronted him in a closed flood area on Sept. 14, at which time he allegedly fought off a sheriff’s deputy, jumped into the Big Thompson River and escaped.

Following that incident, Ramm turned himself in to Larimer County Jail for a separate failure to appear warrant, county officials said. But since charges stemming from his alleged escape had not yet been processed through the district attorney’s office, he was released on his own recognizance.

Upon his arrest this week, Ramm was charged with driving with a revoked license; as well as assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer. A separate investigation will determine whether he will be charged with looting, the sheriff’s office said.