Robert Ruman of Deerfield Beach, Florida was arrested Thursday after he was accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his wife, Judy Ruman, following a dispute regarding their impending divorce, news sources report. Robert Ruman 55, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. A county judge ordered that he be held without bail and have no contact with the victim for the time being. It is unclear whether Mr. Ruman has retained a criminal defense lawyer.
According to reports, the Rumans had recently experienced a falling out and were planning a divorce. The idea of divorce greatly upset Mr. Ruman, sources allege. On Thursday, Judy reportedly claimed Robert had been acting oddly at their home in the 400 block of Southeast Fourth Street in Deerfield Beach before the alleged assault occurred.
Reports say the attack started when Robert beat Judy with his fists. During the alleged assault, Robert purportedly hit Judy in the head with an iron fireplace poker; bit off her right nipple; and cut and bruised her legs, arms, torso, and back. At one point, Ruman threatened to kill her and then himself, sources allege.
The victim was able to escape the home and flee to a neighbor’s house later on that day, reports say. She then reportedly called the police. She was taken to Broward Health North, where she spent two days in the intensive care unit before she was released on Monday, sources say. Reports indicate that her head and face needed sutures and staples and that the attack left her with several permanent deformities.
Police responded to the couple’s home, where officers reportedly came to a standoff with Robert. A Special Weapons And Tactics police was able to place Robert under arrest after an almost three-hour stalemate, sources say. During an investigation, police learned the alleged attack stemmed from Robert’s unwillingness to divorce his wife.
When officers searched Ruman’s home, they found blood in nearly every room of the house, reports say. Detectives located several fireplace tools in the home’s shower; the bathroom sink and floor were also smeared with blood, reports say. Officers also reportedly found ammunition hidden inside a shelf. Officers placed two fireplace pokers and a big knife into the department’s evidence locker, reports say.
A police spokesperson reportedly commented on the events of the assault, saying, “[The couple] were going through a very nasty, bitter divorce and prior to [Mr. Ruman] committing the [assault] he stated, ‘It’s time to die.’ Due to this, the victim stated to me, she said if she wasn’t able to escape the house at the time she did, she thought she was going to die. The victim is in fear for her life if he is able to get out of jail.”
During his initial court appearance, a Broward County Judge reportedly ordered that Robert have no contact with Judy until the case against him is resolved. It is not clear whether the victim will file a restraining order.
Source: 7.30.13 Ruman Assault.pdf