Man arrested for cyberstalking after sending troubling messages to victim
BATON ROUGE- Authorities arrested a man they say sent multiple messages to a victim making her fear for her safety.
The investigation began on Nov. 7 when a female victim went to the LSU Police Department. The victim informed authorities she first started talking to the suspect, identified as Christopher Eustice, on April 1. The two, according to the victim, engaged in "innocent" text message exchanges even though she was uncertain how he got her number.
According to the affidavit, the victim said the messages continued with nothing out of the ordinary until the two attended an event for a club they were both members of at a local restaurant.
During the event, the victim said Eustice left without paying his bar tab. The victim told authorities she sent him a text message saying, "You're an a**," for leaving his tab for the remaining club members to pay. After receiving that message, Eustice sent the victim 11 messages within a short period of time.
The victim said Eustice asked odd questions such as, but not limited to, asking what people were saying about him, stating that his reputation was highly important to him. The victim said the rant seemed odd to her so she deleted Eustice's number.
The two had no further contact until September 7 during a club meeting. During the meeting, the victim said that while in the middle of a conversation with another person Eustice walked up to the victim and asked why she hated him. The victim asked Eustice to leave her alone.
The two had no more contact during the meeting. After, the victim said Eustice started texting her. Eustice asked the victim if she wanted to go on a date. She recognized the number as Eustice's and ignored it.
From Sept. 7 through Nov. 7 the victim told authorities she received multiple texts and emails from Eustice. She ignored the messages, but Eustice persisted, according to reports.
An affidavit said the messages sent by Eustice included asking the victim if they could keep their relationship strictly physical, attempting to bribe the victim into letting him find her an internship or job and threatening to "blacklist" her and civilly use her.
Things came to a head on Nov. 7 when Eustice emailed the victim saying he'd be serving her, alluding to a civil subpoena, at her home address in Nevada. This concerned her because she was unsure how he obtained her personal information. The victim said Eustice's actions raised personal concern for her safety.
Eustice is charged with three counts of cyberstalking.