Two Plainville residents accused of assaulting 64-year-old man, fracturing his vertebrae

Published on Monday, 8 July 2019 16:54


PLAINVILLE - Two Plainville residents have been charged with brutally assaulting a man last month, leaving him with a fractured vertebrae during an attack that culminated in the victim being kicked in the face and ribs while he curled up in the fetal position and nearly blacked out.

Susan Zooleck, 64, of 11 Young St., and her son, Brian Ruggles, 40, of 13 Young St., have each been charged in the attack of a 64-year-old man on June 6.

Police that day were dispatched to Zooleck’s home around 10 p.m. after receiving an unwanted person complaint from Ruggles, according to the arrest warrant. The document said the victim had spent time with Zooleck’s husband earlier in the day and had used her car to drop him off at his home. The husband reportedly told the victim he could use the vehicle to take himself home.

But when Zooleck found out, she called the 64-year-old and demanded that he return her car, according to the warrant. When the man arrived, he told police, she began arguing with him outside the home and pushed him to the ground, the warrant said.

The man said he heard a pop in his back and felt pain in his back and tingling and numbness in his legs. Zooleck and Ruggles then allegedly began kicking the man in the face and ribs, according to the warrant.

At one point, the victim said, he started losing his vision and nearly blacked out. He said Ruggles threatened to kill him if he didn’t leave the yard, the warrant continued.

Ruggles then called police, who arrived and found the 64-year-old man in the fetal position on the lawn of 11 Young St. He had an abrasion on his left cheek and a large contusion on his right temple.

The man was brought to the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain, where he underwent surgery for a fractured vertebrae.

Zooleck and Ruggles were not immediately charged in the attack. Police acquired warrants for their arrests and served them nearly a month after the incident.

Zooleck, who is free on $10,000 bond, was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree assault of an elderly victim, second-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree breach of peace. Her case was continued until next Tuesday.

Ruggles, who is free on $10,000 bond, faces the same charges as Zooleck in addition to one count of second-degree threatening. He is scheduled to be arraigned next Monday.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 8 July 2019 16:54. Updated: Monday, 8 July 2019 16:57.