Far Rock Woman Framed By Ex
According to a tip provided to the Nassau County District Attorney, Seemona Sumasar, 35, was released from prison where she was confined for the past six months on allegations that she impersonated a police officer and robbed two motorists at gunpoint.
But it all appears to be an elaborate hoax set up by her ex-boyfriend, Jerry Ramrattan, 38, of East Elmhurst and two others whom he promised to pay in exchange for them to make up their stories and have her arrested.
Following the tip provided to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, they brought in the gunpoint robbery claimants, Luz Johnson and Terrell Lovell, for additional questioning. It was at that time, when each of them separately confessed that Ramrattan had promised to pay them to report false incidents to the police regarding Sumasar.
According to the details provided during the confessions, Ramrattan coached the false witnesses to give police partial license plate numbers of cars that Sumasar frequently drove and to identify her by photo. Johnson and Lovell were arrested and charged with perjury.
Lovell filed a report with the police claiming that on March 2 in Inwood, he had been robbed at gunpoint by two individuals, one of whom he later identified as Sumasar. Lovell told police the pair that robbed him was dressed as police officers.
Another two incidents that ultimately led to the false arrest of Sumasar occurred in May when police received an anonymous call from a man who said two people acting as police officers robbed him at gunpoint. The caller told police that he did not want to formally report the incident, but he did give police a full license plate number of the getaway car. Police tracked the plate to Sumasar’s sister, but when police showed Lovell a photo of her, he claimed it was the wrong person.
This brings the elaborate scheme to its final incident which occurred on May 18 when Johnson claimed she was pulled over at the corner of Bayview Avenue and Pearsall Place in Inwood. She told police that a woman dressed as a police officer robbed her at gunpoint of $1,400, a spare key for her vehicle and assorted clothing from the trunk, police said. This time around, police were provided with a full license plate number by Johnson.
Two days later, Johnson called Nassau County Police from her New Jersey home to report that someone driving a black Nissan had attempted to steal her car. She reported the license plate number of the Nissan to police, who traced the car to Devon McDonald, Sumasar’s boyfriend. Police believed that Sumasar had a connection to both cars that had been reported being used in the robberies, as well as the attempted car theft in New Jersey involving the black Nissan.
As a result police felt they had enough evidence to arrest Sumasar on May 21 after they found her driving the same black Nissan reported by Johnson in New Jersey. She was identified by Johnson and Lovell in a photo array and Sumasar was charged with first degree robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal impersonation and unlawful wearing of a body vest. She was held in jail after bail was set at $1 million.
Sumasar was released from jail last week upon the arrests of Ramrattan, Lovell and Johnson. She is expected to have the charges formally dismissed in the next week.
Ramrattan meanwhile was arraigned on two counts each of first-degree perjury and falsifying business records; two counts each of third-degree falsely Reporting an Incident and offering false instrument and fifth-degree conspiracy. He is being held on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash.