A Minneapolis man apparently upset because a Burnsville business didn’t hire him as a home health aide has been charged with stalking the company’s employees and making harassing telephone calls.
Brian Leslie Fruchtman, 55, is charged with felony stalking, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. He is also charged with gross misdemeanor stalking, which has a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine, and making repeated harassing telephone calls, a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, the human resources director for the unnamed Burnsville business on County Road 11 called police on Oct. 15 and said Fruchtman had been harassing the firm’s employees.
Fruchtman applied for a job as a home health aide on Aug. 31. However, based on Fruchtman’s performance on an assessment administered by the company and his employment history, the company chose not to hire him, the HR manager told police, and he was notified by e-mail that he hadn’t gotten the job.
After Fruchtman received the e-mail, he left five voice mails for the HR manager, insisting in the first message that he had to talk to her in person and that he didn’t want to have to call “day after day,” according to the complaint.
In his second voice mail, Fruchtman told the HR manager that he wouldn’t blame her for not hiring him if he had refused to divulge something to the company, and that they had no way of knowing if he had done “something heinous,” the complaint says. Fruchtman also said in his message that many people in the world try to victimize others and take “unconventional action.”
In the last three voice mails, Fruchtman repeated his demand for the HR manager call him back.
On Oct. 15, Fruchtman left a voice mail for the company’s manager, asking the manager to have the HR manager call him, and saying that the company’s refusal to speak to him wasn’t warranted.
Police sent Fruchtman a written notice, telling him to stay away from the company’s premises. An officer called him on Oct. 15 and told him to quit calling the company’s employees; Fruchtman replied that if he didn’t get a call from the HR manager, he would continue to call.
When the officer told Fruchtman that he could face criminal charges, Fruchtman said, “It’s a free country and freedom of speech,” and hung up on the officer, according to the complaint.
Police learned on Oct. 18 that Fruchtman had called the company’s HR manager twice more. On Oct. 21, Fruchtman left a voice mail for police, saying he had the right to visit other businesses in the same building.
The company’s manager received an e-mail from Fruchtman on Oct. 24 in which he said, “I hope you become a better person before you meet your maker. … This is, I expect, my last attempt to communicate with you,” the complaint charges.
Investigators learned that Fruchtman called 911 in Hennepin County in March and said he was going to go to the library and research methods of committing suicide.
They also discovered that in July 2010, Fruchtman left a voice-mail message for a Hennepin County District Court judge a day after Fruchtman was found guilty of a minor offense and ordered to pay a $5 fine. During the sentencing, Fruchtman repeatedly yelled at the judge, “How do you know I’m lying?” In his voice mail to the judge, Fruchtman said, “You’ll get some kind of an accounting. … I wish I could be there when you meet your maker,” according to the complaint.
The judge obtained a harassment restraining order against Fruchtman in February 2011.
Fruchtman was arrested Oct. 24. He told police that he initially called the Burnsville company to get feedback, but he became more angry and his subsequent calls were attempts to annoy the HR manager. He said he was also upset with the officer who told him he would be arrested if he returned to the business.
Fruchtman has been released from custody on bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Jan. 22 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.