Wanted

Nathan Patrick, 26, is alleged to have broken into his girlfriend’s apartment, then calling her and making threats to kill her and himself.

Police are looking for him. They say he is wanted for charges of burglary, harrassment, stalking, and violation of a protection order.

Reportedly Reeves was already on probation for another case with the same victim.

Reeves is described as 6′” and 170 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone who knows information on him is asked to contact police.

http://www.greeleytrib.com/article/20060826/NEWS/108250109

I found an interesting article the other day about a study the FBI did on stalking in 2002. Stalking Study They define stalking 

Many different definitions of stalking exist in the literature with most defining the practice as including a pattern of harassing or menacing behaviors linked with a threat. (4) The first national study defined stalking as “… a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity; nonconsensual communication; verbal, written, or implied threats; or a combination thereof that would cause fear in a reasonable person (with repeated meaning on two or more occasions).”

The article lists a lot of behavior to expect with stalking and makes the point that for a stalker, attention is the goal. If they cannot get good attention, they will accept negative attention. The article is about stalkers in general, but does touch on stalking as related to domestic violence issues.

Finally, the third group of stalkers, those having a simple obsession, included approximately 47.5 percent of those studied, 80 percent of whom were male. Generally, they were socially immature and unable to develop lasting relationships. The study found that such stalkers possibly exhibited traits that could include extreme jealousy, insecurity, paranoia, and feelings of helplessness and powerlessness. These stalkers frequently were in relationships with their objects when those associations deteriorated or terminated, generally had an emotional attachment to their victims, and were unable to let the relationship end. If they could not restore those ties, they may have sought retribution or attempted to ensure that no one replaced them in their objects’ affections. Simple obsessional stalkers also were more likely to harm their victims or their victims’ properties. They also were willing to do whatever was necessary to achieve their goals. Substance abuse also was common. Ninety-seven percent of this group made threats, while 30 percent actually carried them out. Such stalking instances may be more short-lived than those in the other two categories.

But here is what I found most interesting:

Recent research in Colorado suggested that law enforcement officers may not recognize the link between domestic violence and stalking and the extent to which stalking may precede such episodes of abuse. This research found that 1 in 6, or 16.5 percent, of domestic violence crime reports contained evidence that the suspect had stalked the victim prior to the present occurrence of domestic violence. Officers typically used charges of harassment or violations of restraining orders, even though evidence existed in the case files to support requesting stalking charges.

Interestingly enough, Nathan Patrick is wanted for stalking among other charges. And he is from Colorado. So maybe they have made changes.

But that is something to keep in mind, if you are ever in a situation where you believe you are being stalked. If law enforcement doesn’t talk about stalking charges, maybe it would be a good idea to ask, whether you live in Colorado or another state.

http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2194/is_12_71/ai_96453521/pg_5

It’s an excellent article and easy reading. I have also posted the study in the Domestic Violence links to the left.

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