A man was charged with stalking after following a woman from a Rock Hill restaurant and threatening to harm her, according to Rock Hill Police.
Officers saw a man on a Harley Davidson motorcycle follow a Mercury sedan into the parking lot of the Rock Hill Police Department Sunday afternoon, according to a police report. The female driver approached an officer and said “he is following me.”
The woman told officers the driver of the motorcycle, 41-year-old Vernon Nelson of Rock Hill, had been following her vehicle from Bojangle’s on East Main Street, the report states. She said she and her passengers had pulled into the restaurant’s drive-thru and saw Nelson pull into a gas station across the street.
When the Mercury left the drive-thru, Nelson followed the vehicle and threatened to harm the female driver, police said. The victim said she was in fear for her life and drove to the police station because she didn’t know what to do.
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Nelson was driving next to the vehicle at a high rate of speed and telling the driver he “was going to get her” and that he was “not afraid to go to jail,” police said. Passengers inside the vehicle corroborated the driver’s story.
Nelson told police he is in a relationship with the victim and found her at Bojangle’s with another man in her vehicle, the report states. He said he pulled up next to the vehicle and said “I got you,” and admitted to following the woman to the police department.
The victim told police Nelson drove around to various motels looking for her one day in February. He found her car at a Red Roof Inn and stood outside until she came out, not knowing he was outside. Nelson reportedly assaulted the woman, causing lacerations to her face and neck, which officers were able to see.
Teddy Kulmala • 803-329-4082