Suspect texted detective, not wife, about girlfriend’s death
DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man who thought he was texting his wife but instead nervously messaged a detective “I think they are going to arrest me” was charged with murder in the death of his livein girlfriend, authorities said.
Marion County Sheriff’s officials arrested David W. Romig, 52, on Monday on charges including homicide, making a false report and tampering with evidence.
Investigators said he staged the crime scene to make it look like an intruder entered a home on Jan. 30 and killed Sally Kaufmann-Ruff, 64, in the master bedroom of the home in Dunnellon, which is in north Florida.
Detectives quickly found that the evidence that didn’t match Romig’s story about the home invasion, The Ocala Star-Banner reported . A short time later, he sent two text messages saying he thought he was going to be arrested.
“I think they are going to arrest me,” Romig wrote in the first text, which he said he thought he was sending to his wife. The second text simply said: “Think they are going to arrest.”
The arrest report said Romig also messaged his wife and told her that he had a very bad night, adding that someone had broken in and Kaufmann-Ruff was fatally shot.
He texted his wife that “things don’t add up,” and “I am afraid I did something I don’t remember.” He ended with, “If I did this I will kill myself.”