Northwest Side man accused of cyberstalking and threatening model
BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter June 27, 2012 12:14AM
A Chicago man allegedly cyberstalked and sent death threats to a Los Angeles model, according to a warrant and criminal complaint filed Tuesday.
The documents, filed in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, call for the arrest of Luis F. Plascencia, of the 5400 block of North Lovejoy, on a charge of interstate stalking.
According to the complaint, the woman he allegedly stalked and threatened is a professional model based in Los Angeles who has more than 150,000 followers on both Facebook and Twitter.
Plascencia allegedly used 11 different email accounts on Chicago Public Library computers and his home computer to send her more than three-dozen harassing messages since March 8, the complaint alleges.
Some of the messages quoted in the complaint threaten to kill or injure the model or her family members. Others included her former address and birth date, information on her whereabouts, names and addresses of family members and a threat to publicly expose her personal information. Most are laced with profanity and insulting names.
In one exchange, authorities alleged someone using Plascencia’s home computer posed as a photographer asking her to pose nude and berated her when she declined, according to the complaint.
The woman and her family, out of fear for their safety, contacted police after he allegedly sent her a disc containing more than 400 pictures of her and continued the threats, the complaint claims.
Agents searched his Northwest Side home Tuesday, and allegedly found hundreds of photos of the model, some of which were set to music in a slide show and one of which was allegedly sent in one of the harassing messages.
Authorities also claim they found handwritten papers in his bedroom tracking the number of followers on the woman’s social media profiles and websites, contact information for her and her friend, and a paper detailing designs and locations of her two tattoos.
The complaint claims Plascencia initially denied knowing the model in an interview with FBI agents, but later admitted to sending the photos. A neighbor told authorities he helped the man erase several computer hard drives before his arrest.
Chicago law enforcement spokespersons could not say whether Plascencia is in custody Tuesday night, and a message left with the woman’s talent agency was not immediately returned.
An affidavit in the case was filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois, along with a copy of the criminal complaint and the warrant for his arrest.