Text, email threats lead to restraining order, arrest warrant
Reported harassment has been ongoing for months.
A warrant for the arrest of a Georgia man who has allegedly been threatening a Superior woman he met on a computer gaming site was filed Friday, Dec. 4 in Douglas County Circuit Court.
Jose R. Rivera Andino, 30, faces felony counts of stalking and threatening to communicate derogatory information. The criminal complaint against Rivera Andino was filed the same day as the warrant.
Rivera Andino and the woman met through a gaming website in June and started communicating through email, texts and phone calls. She told Superior police officer Paul Bourque that after opening up an email from Rivera Andino that she believed contained malware, he began harassing and threatening her, according to the criminal complaint. He gained access to her home network and the devices connected to it, including her contact lists, photos and emails.
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From Aug. 17 through Nov. 24, Rivera Andino sent more than 200 messages to the woman, often daily. The messages were derogatory, threatening and obscene in nature, and contained personal details about the woman, the people she knows and where she lives, according to the criminal complaint. The messages originated from different emails and phone numbers. Some were from a domain known as guerillamail, which allows users to create temporary-use email addresses.
The woman found malware called Spyrix on her computer and shut down the network, but she continued to get threatening texts and emails from Rivera Andino. One stated he had “mobilized my minions” to watch her residence and threatened to “call my dogs on you” if she did not do what he said; another referenced the colored lights she had in her living room and accurately described activities going on inside the room, the complaint said.
The woman was granted a temporary restraining order against Rivera Andino Nov. 20, according to online court records. Superior police detective Christopher Woolery spoke to Rivera Andino about the order over the phone, but the victim continued to get harassing messages through the first week of December, when the criminal complaint was filed.
The victim’s mother got an email from a guerillamail account threatening harm to her daughter, as well, the complaint said. One evening, the woman heard a car door slam and saw a car speed away from her residence. She found someone had scribbled “DIE” in black permanent marker on her door.
Both charges carry a maximum penalty of three and a half years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.