Trump expresses regret about the “horrific” attack on a Maryland newspaper.
A woman who said she was harassed and chased by the defendant Capital Gazette killer says she warned police years ago the man would be the “next mass shooter.”
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday and ordered held without bond pending a trial after the rampage on the Maryland newspaper on Thursday.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder on Friday 29 June 2018.
(Anne Arundel Co. Dept. of the Detention facilities)
Jayne Miller, a reporter with Baltimore’s WBAL-TV, said Thursday that she spoke with a woman who said Ramos stalked, hunted, and persecuted her for years before the Capital Gazette murder spree. She said Ramos was “fixated” on her to the point where she was afraid enough to move out of state.
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“He is a f-ing idiot,” said the woman, according to Miller. The unknown woman told Miller she had been warned a former police officer years ago, that Ramos “will be your next mass shooter.”
The police held a final press conference about the shooting on Friday and revealed the Capital Gazette met with the lawyers and police in 2013 to discuss if they filed charges against Ramos, who had posted threats on social media aimed at the paper. However, Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Complex, said the newspaper ultimately declined to pursue charges over concerns it would “aggravate an already inflammable situation.”
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Ramos’ feud with the newspaper began in July 2011, after the publication of an article about his conviction in a criminal harassment case. The case involved an online relationship with a former high school classmate Ramos had tried to contact, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Ramos has a defamation lawsuit against Tom Marquardt, Capital Gazette editor and publisher, Eric Hartley, columnist, “for damaging his reputation’, but the newspaper won the case. Hartley and Marquardt currently is no work for the paper and were not present at the time of the mass shooting.
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Marquardt told the Sun of Baltimore, he called the police in 2013.
Jarrod Warren Ramos was ordered held without bond pending a trial on Friday 29 June 2018.
(Anne Arundel Police via AP)
“I was seriously concerned he would threaten us with physical violence,” Marquardt told the Baltimore Sun. “I even told my wife,” We have to be involved. This man could really hurt.'”
Officials have yet to confirm a motive for the Thursday attack, said the suspect has not been cooperative in providing information to the researchers.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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