More than four years ago, Jarrod Ramos swore a "legal oath" in court documents to kill a Capital Gazette employee.
Ramos allegedly shot five employees on Thursday At the daily local paper in Annapolis, Maryland, the authorities barricaded the office's exit door as part of a "targeted attack."
Ramos, a 38-year-old resident of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested and was also charged with five counts of first-degree murder. He is being held without charge as the authorities continue to investigate the massacre.
"There's clearly a story there," Timothy Altomare, Anne Arundel's police chief, told reporters Friday morning and answered questions about Ramos' connection to the newspaper. "We only knew this story last night."
Court documents show that Ramos pleaded guilty in the Maryland District Court in the district of Anne Arundel nearly seven years ago. An article about the case was published five days later in Capital Gazette, written by then-employee Eric Thomas Hartley.
According to the 2011 article, Ramos has approached a former high school classmate on Facebook and said that he had problems and asked for help. The woman, who was not named in the story, tried to help and suggested she seek advice.
"This triggered months of emails in which Ramos took turns asking for help, calling her vulgar name and telling her to kill herself and trying to get her fired," the article said.
Court documents show that a judge ordered Ramos to supervise suspended sentences for 18 months and instructed him to continue the therapy and refrain from any further contact with the woman or her family. 19659010] A year after the story began, Ramos filed a first complaint against the "Hartleys", the "Central Gazette Communications", and also Tom Marquardt, a former publisher and publisher of the newspaper. Ramos, who represented himself, claimed he had been defamed by the article. A few months later, Ramos filed a lengthy complaint adding a privacy complaint.
The case was dismissed at Prince George County Circuit Court in Maryland, and Ramos later filed an appeal.
In 2013, a detective at the Anne Arundel District Police Department investigated threatening positions on Ramo's Twitter account, which related to Hartley, Marquardt, and the Capital Gazette. Later, the detective revealed his findings in a conference call with Hartley, Pat Richardson, who was the newspaper's editor, and newspaper lawyer Robert Douglas.
"Ramos mentions blood in the water, journalists' hell" Man, open season, glad that there will be no murderous rampages, no murder career and no paper. All were marginal notes related to the events in the newspaper and are reflected in his [T] mess, "the detective wrote in a report." During the conference, I pointed out that I did not believe Mr. Ramos was a threat to represents the employees of the capital. This was due to the contact they had with him, as only in [T] lawyers and civil courts did not attempt to enter the Capital [n] e-paper building or send direct threatening letters.
Ramos had registered no firearms in the state of Maryland at the time, the report said.
In 2014, Ramos filed a complaint and requested a lawsuit in court in his ongoing lawsuit against the newspaper in which now Douglas, the woman he had convicted of harassment, and her lawyer Brennan McCarthy were included as defendants, while Ramos, who still represented himself, threatened to kill Hartley in the court documents.
"The plaintiff swore a legal oath that he wanted to kill Harltey, and he would still do it," Ramos wrote
Hartley and Marquardt are no longer employed in the Capital Gazette, and both were absent during the shootout on Thursday
"[Ramos] championed and exploited the legal system to keep the case alive for a long time, in which he prosecutors, judges, every He crossed his course, suing and disagreeing with him, "said Marquardt ABC News. "Because of this grudge, innocent people have died."
Court documents show that Ramos' s complaint was rejected in the 2015 appeals process because he failed to "[ed] approach a libel case." The lawyer told him that he should not proceed with this case because there was a basic misunderstanding of what the Slander Law was and especially what the Slander Law is not, "wrote Judge Charles Moylan of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals Opinion on a lower court ruling refusing the case
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When Ramos arrived at the office building in Annapolis on Thursday, the authorities said he had "looking for his victims as he walked downstairs" where the Capital Gazette newsroom is located. He "chased" his victims, including those who tried to escape, and barricaded the back door of the newsroom, according to authorities.
Ramos is said to have used a pump-action shotgun that was bought legally about a year ago, authorities said.
The police came to the scene within a minute and arrested Ramos within two minutes. The police found him hiding under a desk in the newsroom before taking him into custody.
Authorities told ABC News that Ramos refused to cooperate in a first interview on Thursday and still would not speak on Friday.
Court officials told ABC News When Ramos first appeared on Friday around 1:30 am local time, the judge asked if he wanted a lawyer. Ramos apparently replied, "I will not cooperate."
A public defender defended Ramos during his bail settlement on Friday morning.
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