TULSA, OK — Police arrested a man who allegedly stalked a female he previously worked with. The suspect was waiting for the victim outside her home, shot her husband who was accompanying her and then tried to kidnap the woman.
The victim had filed prior reports with the police accusing the suspect, Justin Arthur-Ray Davis, of stalking her for several months. She also reported he sat outside her apartment and left candy and food on her doorstep.
On April 3, the Tulsa Police Department posted the bizarre details on its Facebook page:
“On 04/02/2021, Good Friday, we responded to a call at 5000 S. Toledo Ave for a man trying to kidnap a woman. The suspect, identified as Justin Arthur-Ray Davis, was an ex-coworker to the victim.
“Davis has been stalking the victim for over a month after he resigned at their mutual work place. She has made reports of Davis sitting outside her apartment and leaving candy and food on her door step.
“This morning she was leaving for work and her husband was walking her to her vehicle, they spotted Davis sitting in his truck. Davis exited the truck with a shot gun and ran after the couple.
“The couple retreated to their apartment where Davis shot through the door hitting the husband in the hand. Davis went into the apartment and grabbed the victim dragging her down the stairs, assaulting her along the way.
“Neighbors woke up to the chaos, called 911 and watched Davis choke and punch the victim. The husband then came back down stairs to save her and Davis points the shot gun at him saying he will kill him if she doesn’t get in the truck.
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“Davis then fires two shots into the air.
“Officers arrive and Davis takes off leading officers on a pursuit down I-44. Davis took the E. 21st street exit, loses control of his vehicles and wrecks out.
“Davis was transported to the hospital for a laceration to the head then booked into Tulsa County. Officers recovered the gun and ammo.
“This is an arrest, not a conviction.”
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Authorities said Davis had previously worked with the victim, but had left the job months ago. Yet, he continued to harass her, which ultimately led the victim to obtain a restraining order against Davis, police said.
After shooting the victim’s husband, Davis grabbed the victim, dragged her down steps and assaulted her. When police arrived on the scene, the victim was able to escape from Davis.
The suspect then went into his white pickup truck and sped away. A chase ensued, and Davis ultimately crashed his truck while trying to go on an off-ramp exit, according to an 8ABC report. Authorities quickly detained him.
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The suspect, who was speeding over 100 mph during the chase, was taken to the hospital with a head injury, according to the 8ABC report.
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According to Tulsa County jail records, Davis has been charged with burglary, kidnapping, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, eluding, pointing a deadly weapon with intent along with stalking.
What constitutes stalking behavior and why does it occur?
According to a Psychology Today article by Dr. Romeo Vitelli, blatant stalking behaviors can include threats of physical or sexual violence, but also unwanted pursuit behaviors (UPBs). These UPBs create a feeling of menace for targeted victims, but are rarely illegal in themselves.
These behaviors can include: questioning friends and family of the person targeted to gather information on whereabouts, new relationships or friendships; appearing in places where the targeted person might be; waiting outside the target’s workplace, school or home; and sending or leaving unwanted gifts or letters.
Along with these unwanted in-person behaviors, Vitelli points out that stalking victims are also reporting having to deal with a sharp rise in cyberstalking activities, which may include threatening to release information or images if the target doesn’t do what the stalker wants or repeatedly trying to make contact using online chat and sending threatening texts, posts, tweets, etc.
In one study, which used a pool of 137 stalking offenders on probation in New York City, it was found that about half had a substance use disorder, and half had a personality disorder. Over a quarter, however, didn’t have any sort of personality, substance use or other mental disorder.
Dr. Caroline Kamau pointed out that nearly half of the people who engage in stalking behavior have a borderline personality disorder although she acknowledged that more research is needed about the prevalence among convicted stalkers.
She mentions such persons may appear to have five or more (out of nine) symptoms, writing in part in Psychology Today:
1. A person with borderline personality disorder tends to anxiously avoid being separated from or abandoned by people they care about.
2. A person with borderline personality disorder tends to have a pattern of intense or unstable romantic relationships, friendships, or connections with family members or work colleagues.
3. A person with borderline personality disorder tends to have a distorted or unstable sense of identity; how they view themselves can change quite drastically or be distorted from reality.
4. A person with borderline personality disorder tends to be impulsive in a way that can damage them or others.
5. A person with borderline personality disorder can tend to experience repeated thoughts about killing themselves, or repeatedly threaten to commit suicide or engage in self-harm such as cutting themselves, self-mutilating, or burning their skin with matches.
6. A person with borderline personality disorder tends to have a highly reactive mood that can swing from one intense emotion to another.
7. A person with borderline personality disorder can feel continually empty in not finding experiences, achievements, interactions, or emotions deep or meaningful.
8. A person with borderline personality disorder can become inappropriately angry or find it very difficult to control anger.
9. When they are stressed, a person with borderline personality disorder can become paranoid, such as believing that people are plotting against them or talking about them behind their back.
The consequences of stalking can take a toll on the targeted victim. Vitelli writes:
“Even when dealing with cyberstalking alone, studies show that victims are far more likely to report depressive and somatic symptoms, sleep problems, and generally lower well-being than non-victims.
“Victims are also far more likely to take defensive actions, such as taking time off from work or school, changing jobs or schools, and even moving away from family and friends to avoid contact with their stalker.”
Kamau stresses that only a clinically trained expert can properly diagnose a mental disorder:
“The symptoms can occur in any order and some symptoms might be more prominent than others.
“Beware of myths, do not assume that anyone who acts ‘needy’ in a relationship or engages in stalking has borderline personality disorder.
“Do not try and diagnose yourself or other people with borderline personality disorder; only someone who is clinically trained has the expertise to diagnose a mental disorder.”
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