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EPD: Man raped, assaulted woman after accusing her of being Russian spy

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Nathaniel Todd Ruffert, 28. (Vanderburgh Co. Jail) Nathaniel Todd Ruffert, 28. (Vanderburgh Co. Jail)

An Evansville man is in jail accused of raping a woman last week.

Nathaniel Todd Ruffert, 28, was booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday night.  He's being held without bond.

In addition to rape, Ruffert is facing charges of criminal confinement, domestic battery, pointing a loaded firearm and possessing a firearm as a felon.  That's according to the Vanderburgh County Jail website.

According to an Evansville Police affidavit, Ruffert is accused of forcing the victim to have sex with him last Friday, November 22.  

The alleged attack happened after Ruffert accused the victim of involvement with a computer hacking group and being a Russian spy.

The affidavit says when the victim tried to leave the home Ruffert dragged her back inside, told her he would kill her if she tried to leave again and pointed a loaded gun at her. 

It goes on to say that over several days the victim "was threatened and intimidated" by Ruffert, was handcuffed, burned with a lit cigarette and hit in the head with a glass-covered picture frame.

According to the affidavit, Ruffert told the victim if she called police he would kill the police officers that responded.

When questioned by police, according to the affidavit, Ruffert denied pointing a gun at the victim, denied restraining the victim with handcuffs and said burning the victim with a cigarette was an accident. 

He also said he accidentally broke the picture frame and that the victim put the glass on herself. 

In September, 14 News reported Ruffert had been arrested and accused of strangling a woman. 

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