Georgia Roberts, who was acquitted of stalking Channel 10 reporter Kristi Krueger in 2003, now stands accused of stalking a family in the Orlando area in an eerily similar manner.Roberts, according to a Winter Gardens police report, was arrested at a Publix store after confronting the wife of the family she is accused of victimizing, whom we'll call the "Baileys" for the sake of privacy. Mrs. Bailey said that Roberts had stalked her not only at the supermarket but at her daughter's school and the family's church. She said Roberts had also plagued the family with dozens of unwanted phone calls, emails, and text messages.
Mrs. Bailey, who was shaking and crying as she spoke with police at the Publix store, said that Roberts got in her way in the aisle of the supermarket and wouldn't let her pass, causing her to fear for her safety. It was only the latest in what she described as more than three years of Roberts stalking her and her family.
Inside, read about Roberts' most bizarre act and her alleged confession to police after they handcuffed her and put her in the patrol car.
The family tried to get an injunction for protection against Roberts, but that was denied by a judge because she had made no threats of violence. Roberts then sued the family for $300,000 in damages for pain and suffering but later dropped the suit.
Mrs. Bailey told police that in March 2008, Roberts hired a female stripper to perform in front of their house. The family wasn't home at the time, but a home security system caught the act on a surveillance camera. The next day, Roberts filed for an injunction of protection against the Baileys, claiming she was in fear of them.
Mrs. Bailey told police that the family had moved twice during the three-year period to try to elude Roberts but that she quickly found them and continued the harassment. More recently, Roberts sold her own family's house and moved into a home nearby. Bailey told police that since moving in, Roberts had walked by their house every day and had come to their church and sat near them during the service.
More recently, Roberts had shown up in the parking lot of her children's elementary school.
"[The victim] stated that when she came out of the school function, Ms. Roberts was waiting by her vehicle," police wrote. "She stated that Ms. Roberts followed her to the drivers side of the vehicle and fearing for the safety of herself and her family she quickly entered her vehicle, locked the doors, and drove away."When questioned by police at the Publix store, Roberts claimed it was a "chance meeting" and she wasn't following the woman. Again, this was her excuse when she continually bumped into Krueger in public. Interestingly, Krueger also claimed that Roberts stalked her at her children's elementary school, which Roberts' children also attended at the time, and at supermarkets.
The police report also contains this bizarre passage regarding his interview of a Publix clerk:
[The clerk] stated that today a woman who later identified herself as Ms. Roberts approached the counter with an empty box of Shredded Wheat cereal. Ms. Roberts advised that the cereal was too shredded and she wished to exchange it for a new one. [The clerk] stated that Ms. Roberts did not have a receipt, however it is Publix policy to make the customer happy. She stated that Ms. Roberts was acting crazy and made her very nervous. [The clerk] stated that Ms. Roberts left the counter and was gone for a while. She stated that Ms. Roberts returned with a new box of cereal, and purchased a box of doughnuts.
Police took the sworn statement of Mrs. Bailey at her home and reported that during that time, Roberts sent the victim two emails "indicating that she was selling her residence and that its not a good time to start a criminal or civil court case" (when is it a good time, really?).
Police then went the short distance to Roberts' home and arrested her for stalking. On the way to jail in the back of the patrol car, Roberts "spontaneously uttered" the following sentences, according to police:
-- "I am guilty as charged, but I won't accept a plea deal; I will make them work for it."
-- "I want him to admit what he did and pay for it; it's only simple stalking anyway."
-- "I have bipolar disorder, and I can't help what I do."
The case remains open.
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