‘Terrorized’

Woman who says she was obsessively harassed by Capital Gazette shooting suspect shares her chilling story

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A woman who allegedly faced harassment by Jarrod Ramos, the 38-year-old suspect accused of killing five reporters at the Capital Gazette newspaper in apparent retaliation for the paper’s coverage of the harassment case, has said that for years she feared he would “show up anywhere, at any time, and kill me.” Speaking with NBC’s Today, the woman, whose identity is being kept anonymous, said that Ramos had contacted her in 2009 or early 2010 by email to thank her for being “the only person that was ever nice, or said hello to him in high school.” When he asked her if she remembered him, she said, “I replied to him nicely that I did not.”

As Ramos continued to contact her, she said that he swiftly turned “hateful, nasty, and vulgar,” growing incensed and making threats if she didn’t respond fast enough for his liking.

Jarrod Ramos, suspected of killing five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., June 28, 2018 is seen in this Anne Arundel Police Department booking photo provided June 29, 2018. (Anne Arundel Police/Handout via REUTERS)

“He said, ‘Fuck you, go kill yourself. You’re gonna need a protective order,’” she told Today. So she went to police, and she got one. In 2011, he pleaded guilty to harassment and was required to stay away from her and seek treatment. But according to the woman, he continued to harass her and she was forced to obtain two more restraining orders against him in 2013 and 2014.

“I have been tormented and traumatized and terrorized for so long that it has, I think, changed the fiber of my being,” she admitted.

“One thing that I do feel now,” she added, “is that he can no longer silence me.”

Watch video of the woman’s interview with Today.

Read the full story at The Capital Gazette.

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