• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

American man sentenced for stalking Swede

The Local · 11 Aug 2014, 16:43

Published: 11 Aug 2014 16:43 GMT+02:00

The young American man and teenage Swedish girl met in 2012 through a game of Wordfeud, a phone app game similar to Scrabble.

But what started as a game led to unrequited love and, finally, an attempted kidnapping, documents released by news agency Siren revealed on Monday. 

The two began chatting on the messaging service Kik, when the girl was "going through a tough period", the prosecutor wrote. At first the girl appreciated the man for his online company. In July 2013 the American visited the girl in Sweden. 

They began to lose contact when the girl started high school last autumn, made new friends, and lost interest in the man. The Swede gradually stopped responding to most of his messages.

When the girl explained she wanted to cut contact, the man called her a "bitch". The girl also reported that he threatened to kidnap her a couple of times - but that she always took it as a joke.

The 20-year-old came for another short visit in January 2014, although the girl told him she was too busy to meet him. They met for only a few minutes. When the girl told him in February that she had a boyfriend, he didn't seem to care.

But on the morning of April 3rd, the American showed up outside her house in Stockholm. The man loitered in her family's driveway and then sat by the door. He had a rental car nearby, containing rope, cable tie wraps, and strong tape. He had a knife in his pocket, an empty gun holster on his hip, and an iron pipe in his hand.

The man entered the house through the unlocked door after one of the girl's younger brothers stepped outside to go to school. He was only in the house for about a minute, as the girl's father discovered him and began shouting. 

When police arrived at the scene the man shouted "Shoot me". Police arrested the man, who claimed that the girl "still meant a lot" to him and that he had only wanted to gather some items to remember her by. 

The 20-year-old has confessed to violation of domicile and attempted robbery, but has denied attempted abduction.

Evidence against the man included his iPhone, on which he had searched for information on the girl's school, neighbourhood, the family's contact details, and information about the punishment for murder in Sweden.

Story continues below…

In July the man was sentenced to one year in prison and deportation from Sweden, not to return for at least ten years. The man must also pay the girl 14,000 kronor ($2,045) in damages. 

Both the man and the girl have now appealed the sentence.

The girl's lawyer has demanded a stronger punishment and 24,000 kronor ($3,500) in damages, while the man's lawyer has requested that the prison sentence be decreased or altered to a non-custodial sentence on the grounds that the man never intended to kidnap the girl.

For more news from Sweden, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Swedish premier pledges 5,000 'emergency' jobs
Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, speaking in Gothenburg. Photo: TT

Swedish prime minister, Stefan Löfven, speaking in Gothenburg, announced a initiative to create 5,000 new 'emergency' jobs for new arrivals to the country.

Sweden's king celebrates 70th birthday
King Carl XVI Gustaf joins in with a rendition of All You Need Is Love with the Tensta Gospel Choir and their leader Cedwin Sandanam. Photo: TT

But Norwegian royals stay at home after deadly helicopter crash.

'Disgusted' Swedish boxer retains world crown
Badou Jack (right) catches Lucian Bute with a right-hand. Photo: TT

Badou Jack drew bout but kept World Boxing Council title.

PLO seeks apology over Sweden Eurovision flag ban
Sweden was the first EU member state in Western Europe to officially recognise the State of Palestine. Photo: TT

First it was the Basques...

Brussels attacks
Swedish terror suspect 'dumped bomb in toilet'
Osama Krayem. Photo: Facebook

Belgian media report that Osama Krayem tried to dispose of the explosives before carrying them onto the Brussels metro system.

Eurovision 2016
Regional politicians hit out at Sweden's Eurovision flag ban
Lots of flag-waving at Eurovision. Photo: AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson

Spanish politicians have criticized Swedish Eurovision organizers after a regional flag was banned alongside that of Isis from the competition in Stockholm.

Eight charged over shooting at Gothenburg restaurant
People leaving flowers at the scene of the fatal shooting last year. Photo: TT

The attack last spring left two people dead in one of the most high-profile shootings in Sweden in recent years.

Swedes want answers from Russia after Nato warning
Russian T-14 Armata tanks make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in May. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

UPDATED: What exactly does Russia's foreign minister mean when he says his country will "take action" if Sweden joins Nato?

Two historic shipwrecks found right in central Stockholm
Divers looking for a ship in central Stockholm. Photo: Anders P Näsberg/Statens maritima museer

Another two shipwrecks dating back to at least the 1600s have been found in central Stockholm.

Alicia Vikander scoops lead role in new Tomb Raider
Alicia Vikander poses at the Scandinavian terrace during the 68th Cannes film festival last May. Photo: Jean Christophe Magnenet/AFP

The next Lara Croft will be a Swede.

Sponsored Article
Kista: The best office space in Sweden?
Analysis & Opinion
Why Sweden's fretting about Brexit
Sponsored Article
Why international researchers love to call Malmö home
National
INTERVIEW: Swedish police officer 'beat me up and used racial slurs'
Gallery
People-watching: April 27th
Blog updates

29 April

Editor’s blog, April 29th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Relations between Sweden and Russia went from slightly strained to full-on James Bond this…" READ »

 

18 April

A day as a guard (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Life as an Ambassador. Driven around in the Jaguar. Visits all planned so you go straight…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
‘Life in Stockholm’s suburbs is better than people realize’
National
Öresund bridge border checks net record number of drink drivers
Sponsored Article
'A huge waste of resources': how to fix integration
National
Swedes bid farewell to iconic Volvo
Gallery
Property of the week: Enköping
Gallery
People-watching: April 22nd-24th
Sponsored Article
'A sustainable Sweden must embrace diversity'
Politics
Could Brits in Europe stop Brexit?
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
National
The first official picture of Sweden's new royal Prince Alexander
National
Sweden's Sami reindeer still live in the shadow of Chernobyl
Sponsored Article
Sigtunaskolan: 'The best of what Sweden has to offer'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 20th
Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
National
Why was a Nazi flag hoisted in a Swedish town on Hitler's birthday?
National
How did Sweden's deputy PM get in trouble over New York comments?
Sponsored Article
Becoming an expat: where to start
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 16th-17th
Sponsored Article
'I may work at a Swedish company, but we’re global'
Culture
Sweden finally axes historic dancing ban
Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: Stockholm's secret dating scene
International
Have you phoned Sweden yet?
Sponsored Article
'Swedes must realize only soft power can defeat radicalism'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 13th
National
Is booze going up in Sweden?
National
How Sweden's fake 'smombie' traffic sign is being used for real
Culture
Sweden's Tarzan drops trousers
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 9th-10th
Sport
Zlatan wants to be new 'Rambo'
National
Swedes in a huff about giant TV penis
3,230
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se