Friday, January 20, 2012
Jailed for Facebook Threats
A Fort Myers man is accused of cyberstalking two former co-workers using Facebook – and threatening their lives. Lee County deputies say the suspect created several fake Facebook accounts to make the threats. One of the victims said she feared for her life.
Jacobe Swanson was arrested and charged with threatening to kill or injure two women. The written threats were made on a popular social networking site Facebook.
"He had been threatening me for a long time," said one of the victims.
She said Swanson began stalking her two years ago.
"We were coworkers and nothing more. He showed interest in me and I rejected him and he decided he would start harassing me because I wouldn't give him the time of day," the victim said.
Swanson allegedly left threatening notes on her car.
Then he allegedly began stalking her and another former female coworker online.
"There were pretty horrific threats made against them like they were going to die. They were afraid to go to work and now he's going to face the consequences for that," said Sergeant Stephanie Eller of the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
According to the arrest report, Swanson threatened to chop off the head of one of the victims with a machete, then kill everyone in her house.
Swanson allegedly threatened the other woman saying "She was going to die either at home or at her job" and that she would die soon.
Detectives subpoenaed Facebook for the I.P. address associated with the threatening messages.
That address came back to the Fort Myers home where Swanson lives with his mom.
No one answered the door at Swanson's home.
Swanson is still in jail, where his victims hope he will stay for a long time.
"I hope he gets time for it and I hope he gets some psychiatric help because I believe he needs it," the victim said.
Swanson has been charged with aggravated stalking, intimidation (write, send threat to kill or injure) and contempt of court (violation injunction).
original article here