Woman to virtual ex: 'I won't be ignored!'
By Julie Rivera
This has to be the weirdest and saddest crime-of-virtual-passion story I've come across.
Kimberly Jernigan--a 33-year-old woman from North Carolina--was
apparently distraught after her online relationship with a 52-year-old
man from Claymont, Del., came to an end.
The pair apparently met through the online community Second Life
and began a virtual relationship. The two finally met in reality
several months ago, and the alleged victim ended the relationship,
sending Jernigan into a downward spiral.
In early August, Jernigan allegedly drove to the victim's Pennsylvania
workplace and attempted to kidnap him at gunpoint, according to local
news station CBS3.com.
When she was unsuccessful, according to the report, she returned two
weeks later to track down the victim's Delaware address, and posed as a
postal worker to do so. After four days of searching, authorities said
she found residence in the Whitney Presidential Towers on the 7100
block of Society Drive in Claymont.
On August 21, police said, Jernigan broke into the unnamed
victim's apartment with a Taser, a pair of
handcuffs, a BB gun, her
dog, and a roll of duct tape. He wasn't there, so she waited. When the
virtual ex arrived home he saw what looked like a laser beam projecting
on his chest. He immediately fled the apartment and contacted the
Newcastle County Police.
When police arrived they said they found Jernigan's dog, Gogi, bound
with duct tape in the bathtub of the victim's bathroom. Jernigan's
reason for gagging her pooch--"he was making too much noise." The dog
was said to be uninjured, but the ASPCA is looking into possible
charges of animal cruelty.
Approximately an hour after the incident, authorities in Maryland
spotted Jernigan's vehicle at a rest stop on I-95. She was taken into
custody after a brief struggle. Jernigan is currently facing charges of
attempted kidnapping, burglary, and aggravated menacing, CBS3 said.
What's the lesson here, kiddies? Keep your virtual relationships
virtual and don't bring it into the real world or some innocent animal
may be harmed in the process...