Police: Ex-boyfriend used Eminem lyrics in death threat
A Bridgeport man was arrested for threatening in the second degree and harassment in the second degree at the Trumbull Police Department around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31.
Police said Rafael Cruz, 25, was calling his girlfriend on the phone and harassing her after being released from a 45-day jail sentence.
According to a report, Cruz learned that his girlfriend, who is the mother of his daughter and who lives on Main Street in Trumbull, had started dating a new boyfriend while he was in prison and he began to threaten to kill both parties.
In one phone call, Cruz threatened he would “throw her in the back of his trunk,” police said, and quoted several violent lyrics from the Eminem song “Stan” that concludes with the protagonist kidnapping and killing his girlfriend.
The Trumbull resident called the police and reported Cruz. She told detective that she worried she or her daughter would be kidnapped and that she worried for her own personal safety, which was enough for police to draw up a warrant for Cruz’s arrest.
He was held on a $75,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Friday, April 1.
This wasn’t the first time Cruz was arrested in Trumbull.
He was released on a $2,500 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Monday, Feb. 1.
Police said Cruz, 24, was intoxicated and belligerent when they arrived at the scene after receiving a domestic dispute call from a female caller who identified herself as the sister of Cruz’s girlfriend.
According to a report, Cruz and the victim were fighting in the house and didn’t immediately answer the door when police arrived.
Cruz was handcuffed for safety purposes after he began yelling at police, the report said, and a background check on him revealed that he was in direct violation of a protective order that said he couldn’t live with the victim.
He was held on a $25,000 bond and taken to court that morning, Oct. 1.