An unemployed cabbie was convicted Thursday of stalking a Brisbane police officer in protest of his DUI arrest.
Prosecutors said Khalil Jaser called his arresting officer 152 times – leaving 54 messages over three weeks – following his July 28 arrest on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI.
Jaser, who says he’s a Palestinian Christian, also apparently threatened the officer on his Twitter account. The account includes dozens of bizarre anti-Semitic posts against Jews.
A tweet on Jaser’s account stated the officer should “come clean” about the incident. Subsequent posts said, “I am dead serious, you have 24 hours….or else!!” and, “Kiss the police officer between the eyes.”
Jaser didn’t help his case when he failed to show up to the start of his jury trial in January. But he didn’t appear to be in hiding. He apparently remained active on Twitter that day. The account included GPS information showing some of the recent posts were made from his hometown.
Before police arrested him, Jaser read a San Francisco Examiner article about his case and threatened a reporter – sort of.
“You keep smearing me and you'll be extremely famous in a nice way,” Jaser wrote in an email to the reporter, adding, “…ok. I love you.”
As of Friday, he remains in custody on $750,000 bail and his sentencing is scheduled for May 14, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
Wagstaffe has said that Jaser’s threats to the officer had to be taken seriously. In a voice mail, for example, Jaser told the officer he “better not go to work.” In another, he reportedly said, “Boom, you’re dead motherf-----.”