U.S.| Guy in Stalking Case Sent Family Over 500 Unwanted Visitors, Officials Say
A Hawaii man implicated of cyberstalking and torturing a Utah woman and her father by sending hundreds of food deliveries, undesirable service companies and woman of the streets to their home was nabbed in Honolulu by the F.B.I.
The guy, Loren M. Okamura, was detained on Nov. 22 in Honolulu on charges of cyberstalking, making interstate hazards and carrying individuals to participate in prostitution, according to federal court files.
From late 2018 through August of this year, Mr. Okamura sent the woman “substantial and repeated threats” and published photos of her face and the family’s address on Craigslist, stating that the citizens desired drugs and prostitutes sent to their North Salt Lake house, the authorities stated.
The household said that Mr. Okamura sent out plumbing professionals, tow trucks, locksmiths and prostitutes to the home, a few of whom were reacting to the online ad, according to court documents. In all, there were more than 80 events of unwanted service calls to the home and over 500 of unwanted visitors knocking at their door, the files show.
The woman and her dad had acquired cease-and-desist orders against Mr. Okamura and a civil stalking injunction, which he continuously breached, court records say.
The arrival of many unwanted visitors to the house ended up being such a problem that the household, with help from the cops, posted a red and yellow sign outside the home telling employees to call the cops to make a report if they were asked to supply services at the house. The indication was positioned next to a patrol car.
” The Utah family was tortured with numerous incidents in the course of conduct that truly altered their lives and even their own community so the victimization expanded beyond,” John W. Huber, the United States lawyer for the District of Utah, informed reporters at a news conference throughout which he explained the case as “extreme cyberstalking.”
The lady said she got an email in May saying she needs to “sleep with one eye open” and keep examining her shoulder, the documents state. The e-mail likewise recommended that the female kill herself.
The detectives stated that digital details including cellular phone records and an Apple ID account tied the harassment to Mr. Okamura.
The lady and Mr. Okamura satisfied in May 2017 in Hawaii, where she visited him several times before ending their relationship in October 2018, according to court records.
At the press conference, Mr. Huber declined to discuss the prostitution charges. Karin M. Fojtik, one of the assistant United States attorneys on the case in Utah, referred a questions to her workplace’s public info officer.
Mr. Okamura was prosecuted on Oct. 2 in Utah for the felonies, but the authorities had problem discovering him since he didn’t have a recognized long-term address nor employment in Hawaii, according to court documents. The authorities said he used spoof location apps to hide his location.
Mr. Okamura appeared in court on Wednesday in Honolulu, where Sharron I. Rancourt, his legal representative, requested that he have his hearing in Utah.
Ms. Rancourt, who did not respond to an e-mail requesting comment on Saturday, told The Associated Press that Mr. Okamura had been grieving his partner this previous year.
Magistrate Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield signed the transfer demand on Wednesday. Mr. Okamura was apprehended in federal custody without bond. It was not right away clear when his detention hearing would occur.