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Man accused of stalking Pike County woman arrested in Lexington

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Update 1/21/13:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Central Kentucky have arrested a man wanted for stalking and terrorizing an Eastern Kentucky woman.

Lexington police say they arrested Harry Martin Chapman, 56, Saturday night.

He has already served time in prison for stalking the same Pike County woman for years.

Police say say Chapman will be transferred back to Pike County, but is in the Fayette Detention Center for now.

If convicted, Chapman could spend up to 20 years in prison.

Original story 1/18/13:

PIKEVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - A Lexington man has been indicted in Pike County one 1st degree stalking charges, and officials tell us this is not the first time he has been charged with the crime.

Harry Martin Chapman is a man Pike County officials say they need to find as soon as possible.

"According to our newest indictment, he is terrorizing this woman, and the stalking of her has begun since December of last year, so for about 60 days," said Pike County Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley.

But, this is not the first time Chapman has been charged with stalking this same victim.

"Even though he has been convicted two times of stalking her, even though he has been to prison over it, he just will not leave her alone," said Bartley.

Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley says there is one problem, though.

"We have no idea where he is, he is not under parole supervision, not under probation, so he could be outside at this time or close to this woman's house. So it's a very scary situation," said Bartley.

Bartley says Chapman was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2008 on a combination of charges, but he got out early last year, and he says it wasn't long before the stalking started again.

"One time recently she had the state police there at her home when he called and said he was on the Mountain Parkway on his way to Pike County to kill her. And luckily he turned around once he was told the police were there, but he said he would come back," said Bartley.

Bartley hopes if they catch him he will get a longer sentence.

"We can't lock him up the rest of his life, but with these new charges he is looking at a 20 year prison sentence. So if we can get him in custody, get him convicted, then maybe we can give her some relief for a longer period of time," said Bartley.

He says the victim is trying to disguise her location, but he says the only protection for this woman is for Chapman to be behind bars.

Bartley says the victim and the alleged stalker used to have a relationship many years ago.

If you know where Chapman is, you should call police.

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