"I was afraid he could show up at any point, any place ... and kill me," the former high school classmate of the suspect told "Today." (NBC News)
Speaking out Monday on the “Today” show, a woman recounted the online harassment and threats that led her to file a criminal harassment charge against Jarrod W. Ramos.
The woman says she was terrified for years that Ramos would “show up anywhere, at any time, and kill me.”
Her interview aired just days after Ramos allegedly massacred five employees at The Capital — which ran an article in 2011 about his harassment charge, setting off a years-long feud between Ramos and the Annapolis newspaper.
The woman, whose full identity was withheld out of safety concerns, said she was hit with a wave of panic when she heard about last week’s shooting in the newspaper office.
The woman described Ramos’ violent tendencies as emerging much earlier.
Beginning in late 2009 or early 2010, Ramos contacted the woman for the first time via email, and thanked her for being “the only person that was ever nice, or said hello to him in high school,” according to a statement she wrote in January 2011 when she applied with the Anne Arundel District Court to get Ramos charged with harassment.
He started off by asking if she remembered him from high school, she said on the “Today” show. They attended Arundel High School.
In 2011, Ramos pleaded guilty to one count of harassment and received a 90-day suspended sentence and 18 months of supervised probation. He was required to stay away from her and her family and to get evaluated for psychiatric or psychological treatment.
However, the woman wrote in court filings that Ramos continued to harass her and sent her a threatening letter. She obtained two more restraining orders against him in 2012 and 2013, according to court records. The last order lasted until March 5, 2014.
Brennan McCarthy, an Annapolis lawyer who represented the woman, said recently that he watched as Ramos harassed his client for years. The woman did not respond to requests for an interview with The Capital.