LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police say there were 61 cases of stalking in 2017 and 90 in 2018. According to the Lubbock Police Department, stalking in Texas is a third degree felony.
One local radio disc jockey said she knows first-hand how frightening it can be to have a stalker.
Amy Olivares, or Amy O as she goes on-air, loves radio and loves her listeners on 104.9 The Beat. She said she has been in the business for more than 20 years and never expected one of her listeners to become a stalker.
“A listener has turned into a muster with me has terrorized me it has been happening for months,” Olivares said.
She says it started off harmless.
“He went to showing up to remotes, to bringing me flowers, to bringing me coffee, and bringing me something to eat," Olivares said. "Things that I never asked for, but I was being polite and saying thanks.”
According to LPD investigator Josh Franco, this is how a stalker starts.
“They terrorize their victims by sending them bears, unwanted gifts, food, drinks or just showing up at their employment," Franco said. "And just sitting in the parking lot watching every move.”
That is what happened to Olivares. She said what seemed harmless, quickly became dangerous.
“I had to call the cops because I heard movement in my home. I lived in a two story townhome and I was asleep in the living room when I heard my patio sliding door close,” she said.
According to the police report filed that night, Amy heard the suspect in her home. When she screamed, he ran down the stairs and out her front door.
He got away, but the report says police found a ladder leaning up against Amy’s patio and believe that’s how he got into her upstairs bedroom. Amy said after she thought that would be the end of it, but she was wrong.
“I got text messages from him of pictures of me from my patio window looking in and I remember from the text messages him saying ‘now do I have your attention’ then from him saying ‘I’m going to bring in the bigger guns,’" Olivares said. "He then sent me the same picture from the same angle, but now he’s inside my house while I’m asleep.”
Olivares said this man followed her home and stole her bills. She says that’s most likely how he got her number. Olivares said this was all enough to finally get her stalker arrested, but not for long because he was later bailed out.
“This monster here is out out and I’m pretty sure I’m not the first and I’m not going to be the last,” she said.
For now, Amy said she’s not going to stop doing what she loves, but she is going to be more aware.
Police report Chad Edward Joyce was arrested for stalking in relation to Olivare’s case. He was later released on a $3,000 bond. Olivares said she has secured a protective order against him.