A 61-year-old South Milwaukee man is facing charges after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from her job in Franklin, then drove all the way to Mount Pleasant where she was able to concoct a way to escape at a McDonald’s.
Henry Ruiz was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of kidnapping. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Wednesday, the victim, 36, was at work in Franklin, and Ruiz was outside in his truck, honking his horn to get her to come outside. In order to avoid getting in trouble with her employer, the woman went outside and took a ride with Ruiz.
She said she has been trying to break up with him for three months, but Ruiz refused to accept it. When she told him she just wanted to be left alone, he turned onto southbound I-94 and began driving toward Chicago. Three or four times he got off of the expressway, as if to turn around and take the woman back to work, but she told police if she said something to upset him he would get back on I-94 and keep heading south.
Ruiz stopped to get gas at on Highway K in Caledonia, where the woman tried to escape the truck, but Ruiz stopped her. The victim also doesn’t speak English and said she worried that she wouldn’t know what to say if she got away.
She then contacted her attorney on her cell phone, who informed her to call 911, but Ruiz came back at that time. She told him she was on the phone with her kids, but he didn’t believe her and got angry again.
When she saw signs for in Mount Pleasant the woman told Ruiz she was sick and needed to use the bathroom. He initially said no, but she was able to convince him to stop.
Once in the bathroom, she called the attorney back who again told her to call 911, however, the attorney must have been on the phone with dispatch because cops were waiting outside as soon as she hung up the phone.
Ruiz is currently being held in Racine County Jail on $1,000 bail.