According to court records, Ruffolo is accused of stalking a Mt. Pleasant woman for the past two and a half years. Ruffolo’s ex-girlfriend claims she told him not to contact her after they broke up in 2014. She said he continued to call, email and lurk outside her home and workplace.
“They’re recorded by video cameras on the victims home,” the prosecution said. “They’re recorded by persons at her work surveillance at work.”
The criminal complaint shows the woman alleges Ruffolo even followed her on one occasion.
“The defendant still managed to pull behind and follow the specific person’s vehicle for over 15 miles while the specific person was trying to run errands,” the criminal complaint said.
The ex-girlfriend told police Ruffolo’s attempts were causing emotional stress and she feared for her safety.
Mt. Pleasant Police warned Ruffalo twice, yet the alleged victim said he continued to call from “spoofed” numbers and frequently stopped by her home. Back in May, investigators were after their own evidence. They put a hidden tracking device on Ruffolo’s car.
“They’re recorded by GPS devices which were placed on the defendant’s vehicle with warrants authorized by courts,” said the state attorney.
Police provided the courts with a list of nearly 50 times when Ruffolo was pinged in the area of his ex-girlfriend’s home or workplace.
“Here we have an individual who is 54 years old with no record whatsoever who is a lifelong member of this community,” said defense attorney Patrick Kafferny.
Ruffolo did not speak at his initial court appearance. His attorney claimed he would not be a threat to society if he made the $10,000 cash bond.