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St. Petersburg woman stalked, threatened via cell phone, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 26-year-old man is accused of stalking a woman and threatening her life using cell phone voice mails and text messages.

Texts such as "ill kill you" and "take em to your grave" were sent to the victim, according to St. Petersburg police.

The woman and her mother may have even been the target of a drive-by shooting last month, though no one has been arrested in connection with that.

Jared Borgesto Murray was arrested and charged Monday with aggravated stalking.

According to his arrest warrant, Murray is accused of harassing the victim between Nov. 20 and Dec. 20. The victim and her mother called police in November and said Murray had been calling both and leaving threatening messages.

As they spoke to an officer that Nov. 20 morning, the warrant said, the victim's cell phone received two text messages from Murray threatening to hurt her and the police if they "get in my way."

On Dec. 15, according to the warrant, the woman told police she was still receiving threats even after changing her cell phone number. That month, she also obtained a protective order against Murray.

Two days later, the woman's mother told police she heard a "loud bang" around 12:25 a.m. Police found bullet holes in the Mazda parked outside and a hole in the front of their house. No one was injured.

The warrant detailed a number of threatening messages:

"Immna kill you. An then I'm gonna kill myself."

"U hurt me now its time for u to hurt exclusively lol watch thank god."

"Anybody … even look at me crazy your jeopardizing ya whole family an dats on my life."

Sprint connected the two numbers that police said were being used to harass the victim to Murray. He also had been arrested earlier last year in a battery on the victim, police said.

Murray of 2500 14th St. S posted $100,000 bail and was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Monday.

St. Petersburg woman stalked, threatened via cell phone, police say 01/01/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 1, 2010 9:17pm]
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