A 29-year-old Colorado man has been arrested and charged with false reporting and harassment in connection with an ongoing cyber harassment case involving a Los Alamos woman.
Andrew Brown was picked up June 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo., on an arrest warrant from Los Alamos Magistrate Court requested June 13 by Los Alamos Police Det. Ryan Wolking.
LAPD first became aware of the situation in early May when the victim told officers that she met Brown online and had a relationship with him for six months and he had been texting and calling her from different numbers and creating fake Facebook profiles with her face on them. She had recently moved from Albuquerque to Los Alamos and said Brown knew where she lived but that she only knew his name and had no other personal information for him.
Court documents indicate detectives visited the victim’s home to follow up on information left on an online crime tip portal that the victim was supposedly growing marijuana there, however no evidence was found and it was soon determined that the false report was part of Brown’s harassment of the victim.
When the victim met with Wolking, she told him Brown had created fake online profiles where her face had been pasted to nude women’s bodies and it was being portrayed as if she was a prostitute for hire. In addition, Wolking’s report indicates the victim told him she had had three different men show up to her residence with beer wanting to have sex with her. She told Wolking she had turned the men away and told them she was the victim of a stalker.
The victim showed Wolking her phone where she is receiving dozens of messages from random numbers in which men are requesting sexual services and offering her money. The report says some of the messages were from men saying they were at her apartment and lamenting that the front door was locked, referencing her apartment number or saying they would be there soon. Because of the victim’s expressed fear of sexual assault, Wolking reclassified the harassment case as a stalking case.
After investigating online, Wolking located Brown and attempted to speak to him by phone. He also identified the IP address used by Brown to make the false crime report. The victim reported to him that she had changed her phone number several times because she continued to get calls and messages. She also reported that a large order of pizza she hadn’t ordered was delivered to her home and Wolking determined that the order was submitted from the same IP address as the false crime report.
Although the investigation was ongoing, Wolking requested an arrest warrant on the false report and harassment charges because of the victim’s fear of sexual assault, mental torment and the extreme inconvenience she was experiencing. He noted Brown’s extensive criminal history and that he is a convicted felon in Colorado currently on probation.
Brown remains incarcerated in Colorado pending extradition to New Mexico.