MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Kentucky man faces federal charges for sending letters to his former high school sweetheart that professed his love to her, but also threatened to kill her husband.
Authorities had little trouble tracking down Gerald K. Warobi, of Louisville: He allegedly signed the letters and wrote his return address on the envelopes.
Federal law prohibits mailing a letter that includes threats to kidnap or injure the addressee or anyone else.
In one letter, Warobi allegedly referred to an assault weapon.
"This is my last communication with you until you see me with an AK," he wrote. "Be there in 4 weeks."
The same letter said, "I am bringing my friends: (1) my son (2) my nephew (3) 30-30 (4) AK (5) 357," according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
In another letter, Warobi allegedly offered to give the husband money and "Hooters girls" if he'd leave his wife.
There was no home listing for Warobi, and on Thursday, the court ordered that he be placed in the custody of U.S. Marshals until a Monday hearing. He could not be reached for comment.
The complaint claims that Warobi, a 56-year-old native of Kenya, dated the woman while they were in high school in New Ulm, but the relationship ended when she was in college. Warobi had no contact with the woman since 1983, but late last year or early this year he began sending letters to her Lanesboro home.
The woman, whose first name is Vicki, told authorities the first letter was nonthreatening, and that she wrote back and told Warobi he could call her. He did so in March or April of this year, but refused to believe the woman who answered the phone was his old sweetheart, according to an affidavit filed by U.S. Postal Inspector Kathryn Nichols.
The call was followed by another nonthreatening letter in August. But after that, his letters were "more aggressive," the affidavit states. In one of them, he closed with, "Live or die, I will get Vicki back."
He sent three letters in September. "I will always wait for you and if I have to kill for you - (so) be it," he wrote in one. "If me and you do not get re-united NO ONE will LIVE - Promise you that."
The first September letter also contained threats against the woman's husband, telling him that Vicki was "my soul mate."
"Leave her alone," one letter said. "If you don't, your days are numbered. Two people up there working for me. There is no '08 if you do not leave Vicki alone."
That was followed by a letter in which Warobi allegedly proclaimed, among other things, that he was "ready and willing to die for Vicki."
"However, I will live long enough to have you as my wife!!" the letter said. "I guarantee that only death will stop me from seeing you."
That letter was followed by one written to the woman's husband: "Your grave is dug. Leave my woman alone!! Satan is waiting for you."
Nichols said most of the letters were signed "Warobi," and all but the last one had his name and return address on them.
If convicted, Warobi could face a fine and up to five years in prison.
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