Arrest made in rape of 18-year-old nanny at Hamilton Creek Park

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police have made an arrest in connection to the August rape of an 18-year-old nanny watching children at a Nashville recreation area.

DNA evidence led to the arrest of 26-year-old Honduras native Dennis Naptali Ramos-Montes.

The attack happened on August 4 at the Hamilton Creek Recreation Center off Bell Road while the teen was caring for 3-year-old twins.

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Hamilton Creek Recreation Center (Photo: WKRN)
Hamilton Creek Recreation Center (Photo: WKRN)

Ramos-Montes is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and one count of felony theft.

He is currently being held in the Metro jail in an unrelated case from earlier this month.

Ramos-Montes was previously arrested by police on August 27 on a charge of felony aggravated domestic assault.

In that case, his 18-year-old girlfriend reported he kicked her, grabbed her around the neck with both hands and dragged her off a couch.

His bond was set at $35,000 and the victim obtained an order of protection.

Ramos-Montes posted bond and was released from jail on September 12, according to police.

On September 15, Metro police were called to a Hermitage residence where the ex-girlfriend was staying.

She told officers that she had seen Ramos-Montes in the neighborhood and that he had burglarized her car.

Officers spotted him, but Ramos-Montes sped away before abandoning the vehicle he was in and fleeing on foot.

Police later received a call from a woman who lives in the 1600 block of Rachels Retreat Circle, reporting that a man was on her property, refusing to leave.

Officers responded and when Ramos-Montes saw police, they say he ran into a wooded area to escape.

Later in the day, officers went to a Rambling Road apartment where Ramos-Montes had been staying with a relative.

According to authorities, he saw police arriving and dove through a bathroom window.

He fled into a wooded area and was able to escape despite officers responding on the ground and in a police helicopter.

At 7 p.m. on September 15, police were called to an apartment complex at 2570 Murfreesboro Pike in regard to a suspicious man walking around one of its buildings.

Officers spotted Ramos-Montes sitting on a stairwell and converged on him from both sides.

He tried to run and resisted arrest but was taken into custody.

Hermitage precinct officers noticed that he resembled a composite sketch in the nanny rape case and notified the detective working that case.

He obtained a search warrant that compelled Ramos-Montes to submit to a DNA sample.

Scientists at the MNPD Crime Laboratory matched that sample to evidence recovered in the rape investigation.

The victim’s phone, which was smashed and buried, was also recovered during the course of the investigation.

Detectives said they met with the victim Wednesday morning to discuss his arrest.