Man in Stalking Case Sent Family Over 500 Unwanted Visitors, Officials Say

A Hawaii man accused of cyberstalking and tormenting a Utah woman and her father by sending hundreds of food deliveries, unwanted service providers and prostitutes to their home was apprehended in Honolulu by the F.B.I.

The man, Loren M. Okamura, was arrested on Nov. 22 in Honolulu on charges of cyberstalking, making interstate threats and transporting people to engage in prostitution, according to federal court documents.

From late 2018 through August of this year, Mr. Okamura sent the woman “extensive and repeated threats” and posted photos of her face and the family’s address on Craigslist, stating that the residents wanted drugs and prostitutes sent to their North Salt Lake home, the authorities said.

The family said that Mr. Okamura sent plumbers, tow trucks, locksmiths and prostitutes to the residence, some of whom were responding to the online ad, according to court papers. In all, there were more than 80 incidents of unwanted service calls to the home and over 500 of unwanted visitors knocking at their door, the documents show.

The woman and her father had obtained cease-and-desist orders against Mr. Okamura and a civil stalking injunction, which he continually violated, court records say.

The arrival of so many unwanted visitors to the home became such a nuisance that the family, with help from the police, posted a red and yellow sign outside the home telling workers to call the police to make a report if they were asked to provide services at the residence. The sign was positioned next to a police car.

“The Utah family was tormented with hundreds of incidents in the course of conduct that really changed their lives and even their own neighborhood so the victimization expanded beyond,” John W. Huber, the United States attorney for the District of Utah, told reporters at a news conference during which he described the case as “extreme cyberstalking.”

The woman said she received an email in May saying she should “sleep with one eye open” and keep looking over her shoulder, the documents say. The email also suggested that the woman kill herself.

The investigators said that digital information including cellphone records and an Apple ID account tied the harassment to Mr. Okamura.

The woman and Mr. Okamura met in May 2017 in Hawaii, where she visited him several times before ending their relationship in October 2018, according to court records.

At the news conference, Mr. Huber declined to talk about the prostitution charges. Karin M. Fojtik, one of the assistant United States attorneys on the case in Utah, referred an inquiry to her office’s public information officer.

Mr. Okamura was indicted on Oct. 2 in Utah for the felonies, but the authorities had trouble finding him because he didn’t have a known permanent address nor employment in Hawaii, according to court documents. The authorities said he used spoof location apps to hide his whereabouts.

Mr. Okamura appeared in court on Wednesday in Honolulu, where Sharron I. Rancourt, his lawyer, requested that he have his hearing in Utah.

Ms. Rancourt, who did not respond to an email requesting comment on Saturday, told The Associated Press that Mr. Okamura had been mourning his wife this past year.

Magistrate Judge Kenneth J. Mansfield signed the transfer request on Wednesday. Mr. Okamura was detained in federal custody without bond. It was not immediately clear when his detention hearing would take place.

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