Former Columbia councilman arrested on stalking charges

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Daryl Dudley

Former Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley was arrested and charged Thursday on two counts of stalking.

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According to a probable cause statement, Dudley allegedly harassed a woman for almost two years after she repeatedly told him to leave her alone.

In March 2016, the woman and her family began receiving envelopes filled with money in the mail with no return address. She said Dudley denied sending the money.

The woman told police Dudley texted her several times, but she rarely responded to him, and she told him to stop contacting her.

She said Dudley continued to send her messages and unwanted gifts, including lilacs.

The woman asked Columbia police to tell Dudley to leave her alone, which they told her they did in August 2016.

On Christmas Day in 2016, Dudley allegedly drove through the woman’s neighborhood while she was walking her dog, she told police. She said she spoke to Dudley but told him to stop and walked away when he made her uncomfortable.

Later that day, Dudley showed up at her home and asked her if she wanted to watch a movie. She told him to go away.

Dudley continued to send text messages to the woman, she said, so she called the police in January, and they issued a trespass warning to Dudley, according to the probable cause statement.

She called the police again in May after Dudley continued to send text messages to her, and again in November.

She said that in October Dudley was driving slowly though her neighborhood while she walked her dog.

The woman told police that although Dudley had never threatened her, she sought an ex parte order of protection and has not been staying at home.

Dudley was released from the Boone County Jail on $2,000 bond.

A hearing date had not yet been set by the court, and neither Dudley nor his attorney could be reached by phone.

Supervising editor is Tyler Wornell.

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