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Palm Harbor man accused of stalking former girlfriend

DUNEDIN — A Palm Harbor man was arrested on an aggravated stalking charge after he broke into his ex-girlfriend's house with a gun, authorities said.

Michael J. Morakis, 43, of 346 Hidden Brook Drive, was also charged with armed burglary.

According to arrest reports, Morakis has been stalking his former girlfriend since they broke up in March by "following, calling, texting and sending computer messages."

Around 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, the 34-year-old woman awoke to find Morakis standing over her bed, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said. Morakis had gone into the woman's home on Wildwood Court in Dunedin and placed a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun next to the woman on her bed, the Sheriff's Office said.

The woman told deputies that Morakis began asking her about "her relationship with another person," according to reports.

The reports do not say how Morakis got into the home.

The woman told deputies she feared for her safety and the safety of her children.

On Thursday afternoon, Morakis was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

The woman received a temporary restraining order against Morakis on Wednesday, Pinellas court records show. Another woman received temporary injunctions against Morakis in 2002 and 2005, but they were later dismissed, according to records.

Pinellas court records show Morakis pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in 2003.

Palm Harbor man accused of stalking former girlfriend 07/21/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:29pm]
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