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Ladislav Ruc, 36, was arrested on April 26.

Police recently arrested a Middle Village man who allegedly punched another man and stole his phone in April — his third arrest this year alone.

Ladislav Ruc, 36, was arrested on April 26 after being on the run for nearly two weeks. According to court records, Ruc confronted the 34-year-old male victim on April 13 at approximately 5:40 p.m. and left him with a contusion to his eyebrow before driving away with the stolen phone.

According to the criminal complaint from the Queens District Attorney’s office, Ruc allegedly told police that he only took the phone to hold it as “collateral.”

Yet, after stealing the phone he allegedly committed another crime minutes later. Court records show that Ruc is accused of taking a cell phone to his spouse’s home and dropping it off, which was a violation of the temporary protective order she had against him.

The temporary protective order stems back to Ruc’s first arrest of the year on Jan. 5 during a domestic dispute. The criminal complaint states that at approximately 1:51 p.m. at a residence on 79th Place, a verbal argument between Ruc and his spouse escalated.

Ruc then allegedly picked up his spouse’s zippered hoodie that was hanging on a hanger, poured lighter fluid onto it and lit it on fire, saying “you think everything is a joke,” court records show. Ruc then allegedly waved his arm at his spouse while holding the lighter fluid and pushed her, causing her to fall to the ground, the complaint states.

Their children — a 4-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy — were both present for the altercation, records show.

Ruc was held on $1,500 bond or cash bail at the time, but ultimately released later.

In March, Ruc wound up in cuffs again when he got caught allegedly breaking into cars in Utopia. According to court documents, Ruc was spotted on March 24 at approximately 11:45 p.m. outside a residence on 67th Avenue behind the driver’s seat inside the victim’s car in the driveway. The victim then walked out of his house to confront Ruc and saw him allegedly trying to open the door of another car.

The victim then chased after Ruc on foot until police arrived, records show.

Ruc was found with two backpacks, one of which contained various tools and flashlights, as well as 47 clonazepam pills, two plastic containers with marijuana inside and four containers of liquid THC. The other backpack contained a blood pressure cuff, a stethoscope, a clip board bearing the name of a victim and a Long Island Health Care, LLC identification card with the photograph, name and signature of that victim.

The backpack containing the medical equipment was allegedly stolen by Ruc from another car earlier in the evening, records show.

Ruc also allegedly stole $50 and an electric radar detector from the car in front of the 67th Avenue home, according to the criminal complaint.

Court records show that Ruc was released under supervision after the March 25 arrest.

Ruc is currently being held on $2,000 bond or cash bail in relation to the April 26 arrest, though his court cases for the other two arrests are also still pending. Between the three, Ruc has been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of harassment in the second degree, menacing in the second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, unauthorized use of a vehicle, criminal trespassing in the fourth degree, two counts of petit larceny, possession of burglary tools, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, assault with intent to cause physical injury and criminal contempt in the second degree, court records show.

Ruc is due to appear in court again on May 2.

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