A Florida woman was arrested on Nov. 17 for allegedly stalking her ex-boyfriend with the help of a tracking device attached to his vehicle.
The woman's ex-boyfriend told the Seminole County Sheriff's Office that Erica Capps, the mother of his 18-month-old child, repeatedly followed him to public locations over a period of months, the Daily Mail reports.
The first alleged incident occurred on Sept. 18, when the man was visiting a lady friend, reports WKMG. According to authorities, he got a message from Capps telling him to go outside, and when he did, she began yelling at him.
On Oct. 18, he was visiting the home of another friend when Capps showed up and started an argument, according to the affidavit.
Later that month, he was reportedly shopping at a Best Buy store when Capps confronted him yet again, demanding to know who he was with and what he was doing.
A fourth alleged incident occurred at a Walgreens drug store on Nov. 8. During that instance, he just took off when he noticed Capps approaching.
In addition, the man also contends that Capps would message him screenshots of his locations and ask why he was there.
He reportedly got suspicious as to how she always knew where he was, leading him to discover a GPS tracking device on his vehicle, after which he contacted the police on Nov. 14, deputies say.
Capps was arrested three days later, but released on bond under the condition that she have no contact with the victim.
In an interview with WKMG on Nov. 20, Capps described the whole affair as a "child custody case that got blown way out of proportion."
She added: "And that's all going to be dropped because it's a big misunderstanding. We're actually going through a custody battle so that was definitely misconstrued by somebody, hence why I am no longer in jail at this time. That's all I have to say at this time, so that's the story."
However, she did go on to give an explanation for her surprise appearances. On each occasion, she said, her ex-boyfriend was either with or supposed to be with their daughter, and she didn't trust him around her, so she was merely trying to protect the child.
According to the Stalking Resource Center, 7.5 million people were stalked in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available.
The stalking was done by a current or former intimate partner in 61 percent of cases involving female victims, 44 percent of cases involving male victims.
It is estimated that 15 percent of women and 6 percent of men have been stalked.