U.S. Marshals believe there’s a chance they might have seen John Ruffo at an MLB game.
According to a Tuesday report from ABC News, Ruffo has been on the run since 1998 after he was convicted of a $353 million bank fraud. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
However, the Marshals now have some questions they want to ask after a Dodgers/Red Sox game that took place in August 2016.
Fugitive John Ruffo had been on the run for years.
Then, a man U.S. Marshals say bore a striking resemblance to Ruffo showed up—behind home plate at a Dodgers game.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 5, 2021
According to ABC News, a man was spotted behind home plate who shares a similar look to Ruffo. The man hasn’t been identified due to the ticket changing hands many times, but the authorities are searching.
“The ones that are the worst are when you have no resolution. That’s what bothers me, is that you just don’t know, is that him or not? The Dodgers footage, is that him? Is that Ruffo? Or is it not,” Deputy Marshal Danielle Shimchick explained, according to the same report.
Deputy Pat Valdenor, who has been assigned to the case after a tip from a family member of Ruffo, added, “It does look like him. It could be him. So that was my starting point. That was the lead that I got.”
Take a look at this man. John Ruffo has been on the run since 1998. This photo is how investigators believe he would look today. Could he have been at a game at Dodger Stadium? He was convicted of a $350 million bank fraud scheme and disappeared. The story at 5:30. @USMarshalsHQ pic.twitter.com/KABArUzrfK
— Carlos Granda (@abc7carlos) October 5, 2021
First off, I don’t understand why we’re just hearing about this now if Ruffo’s family member called it in more than five years ago.
Five years is a hell of a lot of time to flee for someone who is on the run. You can get a massive head start.
If it is Ruffo, which certainly seems possible, then he’s a moron for going to an MLB game while on the run. It’s an all-time cocky move.
Having said all of that, I’m fascinated to see if this dude is ever found. After more than 20 years on the run, I’d say it’s one of the most interesting fugitive stories I’ve read in a long time.