According to law enforcement officials, a Laurel man with a long-held grudge against the capital is being held as a suspect in the deadly shootout on Thursday in the Annapolis newspaper.
Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, according to online court records. He had no lawyer listed; a Bail Review hearing will take place on Friday at 10.30 am in Annapolis
Policemen and federal agents gathered at Ramos' address late Thursday evening. Rich McLaughlin, Chief of the Laurel Police Department, said his officers had been there in the shoot-out investigation, and other sources identified Ramos as the suspect.
He filed the lawsuit against former columnist Eric Hartley, who called the "Capital Gazette Communications" and Thomas Marquardt, the former editor and publisher of the newspaper, a defendant. 19659006] Five killed in "targeted attacks" on the newspaper "Capital Gazette" in Annapolis; Laurel Mann charged with murder "class =" trb_em_ic_img "title =" Five dead in targeted attacks "in Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, police say Laurel-Mann accused of murder" data-c-nd = "1620×911" />
A Twitter page in Ramos's name on Thursday featured Hartley's image as an avatar, and a banner image contained photos of Marquardt and former Capital owner Philip Merrill
The biography of the page read: "Dear Reader "I've created this site to defend myself, now I'm sueing half of AA County and making corpses of corrupt careers and businesses."
The report regularly commented on news from Anne Arundel County, referring to a fatal shoot-out by the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015.
The account has been dormant since January 2016. Then at 2:37 pm Thursday – moments before the Capital Shoot – the account posted a message that read, "F — you, leave me alone."
Mar Quardt said he was not surprised to hear that Ramos had been identified as the alleged shooter. He began shortly after the article of 2011, to harass the newspaper and its employees. The harassment has been exacerbated with online threats for years, Marquardt said.
"I was seriously worried that he would threaten us with physical violence," Marquardt said from his Florida home. "I even told my wife, 'We have to be worried, this guy could really hurt us.'"
Marquardt said he called the police of Anne Arundel about Ramos in 2013, but nothing came of that. He consulted the paper's attorneys to issue an injunction, but decided against it.
"I remember telling our lawyers, 'This is a guy who will come and shoot us & # 39 ;,' he said
Ramos' Aunt Vielka Ramos, 59, said she could not Believing he was the alleged shooter, she said her nephew had a good childhood, grew up in Severn, and attended Arundel High School.
"He was very intelligent. He would try to communicate with people, but he was a loner, "she said.
After his grandmother died a few years ago, she said, he stopped attending family reunions and she had not been with him for years spoken, said the aunt.
"He was away from the family. He just was not close to anyone, "she said.
In the 2011 column on harassment charges, Hartley identified Jarrod Ramos as an employee of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with no previous criminal record and computer engineering degree.  The Case of Harassment Ramos focused on an online relationship that Ramos was trying to ignite with a former high school classmate Hartley's column said Ramos had sent the woman a friend request on Facebook, and that experience had turned into a "nightmare." Ramos allegedly had the Written and told woman she was the only person who ever said hello to him or was nice to him at school
Ramos allegedly called her her vulgar name and told her to kill herself, Hartley wrote He sent an e-mail to the bank where she works to release her, and Ramos pleaded guilty to one He was charged with molesting charges and received parole from a judge who called his behavior "rather bizarre," the column said.
Ramos' subsequent defamation lawsuit against The Capital worked its way through the courts of Maryland by 2015 The second highest court of the federal federation upheld a ruling in favor of the newspaper.
The day after the verdict was pronounced, the Twitter account in Ramos & # 39; s name used the same words as Thursday's "F — you, leave me alone."
Reporter Baltimore Sun Jessica Anderson Erin Cox and Yvonne Wenger have contributed to this article.