Man charged with stalking, threatening popular L.A. model
A man who allegedly sent dozens of chilling messages to a Los Angeles model, including some that threatened her life, has been arrested and charged with cyber-stalking, FBI officials said Thursday.
Authorities believe Luis F. Plascencia, 47, sent harassing emails to Los Angeles model Kourtney Reppert, who has almost 200,000 "likes" on her Facebook page.
According to the criminal complaint, some of the messages threatened to kill Reppert’s parents, one wished a gruesome car accident on the model and still others included detailed personal information, such as her home address and those of her friends and family. Many were laced with profanities and used capital letters.
One message also demanded that Reppert “stop modeling,” “go back to college,” and “be someone else.” Other messages admonish Reppert for disgracing her family and friends by practicing modeling.
Eimiller said Plascencia will return to court Friday and a judge will determine if he will be able to post bond and if he will be sent to Los Angeles for prosecution.
“This wasn't an offensive comment made on a website, but a series of credible death threats targeting an individual, her family and their movements," Eimiller said.
Federal officials say Plascencia sometimes sent the messages from Chicago Public Library computers and used multiple email accounts to send the messages beginning in March.
According to the complaint, law enforcement officers searched Plascencia’s home earlier this week and found CDs and a DVD containing hundreds of photos of the model and one slideshow set to music. The complaint said Plascencia initially denied knowing or communicating with Reppert but later admitted to sending a CD to the victim and asking a neighbor to erase files on his hard drive.
An email sent to Reppert through her website did not immediately elicit a response. However, on her Facebook fan page, Reppert posted videos about the case and added comment. In one post she wrote:
“I want other victims to have a voice and not be afraid to speak up! We will not tolerate terrorism and bullies! This is a serious matter and FBI did a great job and I'm very thankful! I urge other models to not be afraid and take action before it could be too late.”
-- Matt Stevens