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Burnsville man accused of stalking ex-wife over jointly owned townhome

Police say that a Burnsville, Minnesota man will face felony stalking charges after allegedly contacting his ex-wife about the townhouse the two jointly own. The couple had been married for six years before the two divorced in January 2011. Police say that the two remained in contact with each other after the divorce. The two jointly owned a townhouse in Burnsville, even after the divorce. The woman stayed in the townhome for a period of time, according to authorities.

Police claim that in May, the 27-year-old Burnsville man went to the townhome and wanted to go inside. He returned again in June, telling his ex-wife that he wanted her to move out so that he could move into the jointly owned residence.

Police claim that the woman moved out of the townhome in mid-September. Authorities claim that she left the jointly owned residence out of fear for her safety. The woman says that she moved in with her parents. Later that month, police claim the woman received a letter at her parent's house that she says her ex-husband wrote. The letter reportedly again demanded that she move out of the townhome. Police assert that the letter used threatening language. Police say that the letter arrived September 29.

On October 1, the woman reportedly obtained an Order for Protection against her ex-husband. She reportedly claimed that she feared her safety. She claimed that her ex-husband had become unpredictable.

Police say that the man went to the police October 2 to report that someone was threatening his ex-wife, claiming to be him. The man reportedly said that it was a woman who was threatening his ex-wife. Authorities found the woman, who claims that someone created a fake Facebook page in her name, which she asked to have removed, but it is unclear whether or not Facebook has taken down the page.

Meanwhile, authorities say that the ex-wife of the Burnsville man received a letter October 26 containing photos of a friend of hers who lives in Japan. Authorities claim that the woman's ex-husband sent the letter and arrested him on suspicion of violating the Order for Protection.

Three days later, while the ex-husband was in custody, another letter arrived with pictures of the man who lives overseas and a note. Authorities added another charge against the man in custody for allegedly violating the OFP.

A fourth letter was reported in early November. Apparently, the man had been released from custody by that time-he was arrested again on an alleged OFP violation. Police raided the man's residence in early November.

Authorities say that police seized a red Sharpie marker (at least one of the photographs sent to the man's ex-wife was marked with red ink). Police say that they also obtained writing samples from the ex-husband's apartment, and a notepad containing threatening language directed at the man's ex-wife.

The man is facing felony stalking charges over the allegations. He reportedly has been released on $10,000 bond.

Source: Burnsville Patch, "Burnsville Man Charged with Stalking Ex-Wife," Betsy Sundquist, Dec. 7, 2012

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