Fargo man accused of stalking West Fargo woman on Facebook
FARGO - A Fargo man is accused of stalking a West Fargo woman and using fake names to send her messages on Facebook threatening to kill anyone he wants to, including the woman and her family.
The allegations come three months after Jason Robert Nelson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor stalking charge involving the same woman.
A prosecutor told a judge Thursday that Nelson poses a public safety risk after Nelson pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and asked through his attorney for a reduction in his $100,000 cash-only bail.
Nelson's attorney suggested $40,000 or $50,000, saying his client has no violent prior convictions.
Prosecutor Charles Sheeley contested the reduction, listing off prior convictions that include a 2005 conviction for violating a no contact order for a different woman.
"West Fargo police detectives believe the defendant is extremely dangerous," Sheeley said.
East Central Judicial District Judge Steven Marquart kept bail at $100,000, saying he believes Nelson poses a flight risk.
The new charge against Nelson began after he allegedly followed a woman he was to have no contact with or come within 300 yards of until July 2010.
Cass County District Court documents state:
The woman called West Fargo police on March 21 about 8:45 p.m. after noticing a white 1993 Cadillac Eldorado following her on her way home. When she arrived home, the same vehicle, with a license plate authorities matched to Nelson's vehicle, was parked two houses down.
About two hours later, police were called again from the woman's parents' residence with a report of a car intentionally driving into the garage door.
The woman's father told police he looked outside after hearing a noise and saw a white Cadillac backing out of the driveway and taking off at a high rate of speed.
The day before, the woman received a message on Facebook from a Brady Thompson, whom she believed to be Nelson using a false name, that threatened to kill her and her family "or anyone that I want to."
She received multiple messages over a weeklong period she believed to be from Nelson using at least five different names making statements such as, "you're an addiction to me" and "keep living in fear" and referencing her calling police about Nelson.
Authorities were able to track the messages' origins to an IP address based at a hotel in Fargo where Nelson worked and lived.
A manager there told police that the business uses wireless Internet that anyone in the building can access, including on a computer in the lobby.
Nelson moved into the hotel on March 20. The hotel did not have anyone under the name Brady Thompson registered at the hotel that day, a manager told police.
Nelson was arrested April 15 following a probation search of his hotel room. Authorities found rolling papers commonly used to smoke marijuana and a glass pipe, leading to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nelson, who was 26 at the time of the arrest, faces up to five years in prison if convicted. His next court date is set for July 8.