Woman Stalked By Pilot For 4 Years: Know More Here

A former merchant marine accused of stalking a lady in Upstate New York for more than four years with his small plane denied knowing the victim Tuesday as he was detained for the third time in a week for allegedly torturing her.

“I don’t know her, she’s crazy,” Michael Arnold, 65, said of Cassie Wilusz, 42, as he walked into Saratoga Town Court. He stated that he had only eaten at her restaurant once and had not returned due to food poisoning.

Woman Stalked By Pilot For 4 Years: Know More Here

However, Wilusz, who owns Revolution Cafe in the small community of Schuylerville, allegedly released footage of himself circling her house in his plane and following her in his automobile.

Arnold was arraigned Tuesday on nine counts of criminal contempt stemming from her arrest on Friday for allegedly harassing and threatening her daughter in breach of an order of protection.

According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, while he was leaving court, authorities clapped him in handcuffs again on a new stalking allegation.

“I feel relieved that he’s in custody at the moment,” Wilusz told Fox News Digital in an interview at her cafe on Tuesday. “He hopefully realizes the time has come, and he has to actually answer to the charges.”

Arnold was released on bail minutes afterwards.

According to a press release from the Bennington Police Department, he was detained on Oct. 3 at a Vermont airport for repeatedly circling Wilusz’s home in his single-engine Cessna in violation of an order of protection that barred him from flying.

The local police were warned off by the FBI, which is now involved in the probe. He was granted bail of $5,000.

Wilusz, who recently lost her husband, told Fox News Digital that Arnold is a former customer who has terrorised her and her family since she turned down his rude advances in November 2019.

Wilusz claims she’s been living a nightmare since Arnold sent her images of himself standing with naked women. He’d crossed a line, she said.

That’s when he allegedly began his harassment campaign, flying over her house several times a week and following her in his car while she drove to work, walked her dog, or dropped her daughter off at school.

Earlier this year, as her husband was dying of colorectal cancer, he’d fly so low that their roof trembled and the windows rattled.

“I didn’t know if he’d fly into our home. I didn’t know what he was capable of,” Wilusz previously told Fox News Digital.

She submitted at least ten police complaints and visited the local prosecutor’s office, but Wilusz claims her case was dismissed.

“I would dispute that characterization,” Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen told Fox News Digital.

According to Schuylerville Mayor Dan Carpenter, part of the problem was that officials couldn’t determine whether Arnold was flying low enough for the behaviour to be considered stalking.

According to him, the most recent order of protection includes a ban on travelling, making it much easier to arrest and charge him.

Carpenter received multiple calls from worried locals after Arnold allegedly dumped tomatoes from his plane on Wilusz’s and her neighbours’ properties.

“The community has concerns about his mental stability,” he said. “What is the next escalation? If it goes too far, is he willing to fly a plane into Cassie’s house? We live in a small residential area. That’s not going to just affect Cassie.”

Prosecutors claim that Arnold’s stalking campaign included posting sick remarks online through a fake Facebook account.

“Nobody ever stalked that. As our member mike said, ‘not my type.’ He said he has way better standards,” Arnold allegedly wrote, referring to himself, in a Facebook post on Wilusz’s business page.

According to authorities, when Wilusz’s husband died in May, Arnold allegedly claimed that her karma was to blame for his death and suggested that her 14-year-old daughter would be next.

Arnold’s attorney refused to comment.

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