Lufkin man gets 10 years in prison for continuously harassing ex-girlfriend

Stephen Thompson (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Stephen Thompson (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 54-year-old Lufkin man who stalked his ex-girlfriend by calling police and complaining about drug activity in the woman's apartment and picking up her dry cleaning and leaving it at her front door was sentenced to 10 years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

Stephen Thompson appeared in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District Court for a sentencing hearing Tuesday.

Angelina County District Attorney Art Bauereiss said Thompson will have to serve at least 180 days in a TDCJ prison before he is eligible for shock probation.

Thompson was a no-show for his initial sentencing hearing back in February. As a result, White ordered a bond forfeiture in the case. He pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of stalking in October 2013.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of South John Redditt Drive on March 23, in reference to Thompson trying to beat down the complainant's door. Officers arrived and saw Thompson was pounding on an upstairs apartment door and yelling loudly as if he were very angry with the person inside, according to the report.

Thompson then yelled something to the effect of, "Well, the cops are here," to the person inside the apartment, according to the report. The officer told Thompson to come downstairs and speak with him so the situation could be sorted out, but Thompson yelled, "No! You come up here." Thompson continued to bang on the door and yell at it, so the officer came upstairs and tried to restrain Thompson, according to the report.

The officer came within arm's reach of him and told him to place his hands behind his back, but Thompson quickly turned around. The officer attached handcuffs on his wrist, but Thompson immediately began to jerk away from the officer, according to the report.

The officer spoke with a woman inside the apartment, who said she had a history of violence with Thompson and that he was arrested for assaulting her at her old address. She said she moved to the new apartment to get away from him, but was not sure of how he had found her.

The woman said she was with her friend at a restaurant when a random person approached her and said Thompson was on the other side of a brick wall and had been watching and staring at her. She said she saw him, but pretended not to notice him. When she returned home was when Thompson came and knocked on the door.

Police arrested Thompson on that day on a charge of resisting detention, and the apartment complex requested a criminal trespass warning for Thompson.

On April 13, officers were dispatched to the same apartment by an anonymous caller who said a woman was selling drugs from her apartment. Officers met with the woman, who said Thompson most likely called in the complaint and let officers search her apartment.

The officers reported finding no signs of drug activity. During that time, the caller made five more calls about the drug activity. Police traced the number back to Thompson's.

The woman said Thompson had called her earlier that day and said he had placed her dry-cleaning on her front door, which the woman found to be true. She said she wanted Thompson to leave her alone, but is scared of retaliation from him.

On April 16, the woman said Thompson had called her co-worker and threatened him. The woman said Thompson believed she was in a relationship with the co-worker, but he is not.

The woman later returned to the police station and said she had been repeatedly called and texted by Thompson.

Police obtained a warrant for Thompson's arrest, and he was arrested at his residence on the 300 block of Stonewood Drive.

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