Long-distance relationship goes awry; man accused of text, phone harassment

An Ohio man was arrested Tuesday in Mesa County on suspicion he harassed and threatened a Grand Junction woman with almost 200 text and phone messages in December, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Marco Anthony Nolfi, 41, of Youngstown, Ohio, was arrested on suspicion of three counts of stalking causing emotional distress.

The Grand Junction woman told deputies that Nolfi, whom she met in 2009 on the website singles.net and had visited at his home in Ohio, began leaving her harassing and threatening phone and text messages in December.

The woman told deputies she and Nolfi had maintained a long-distance relationship, including talking on the phone and sending text messages several times a day, from June through December 2010.

She told deputies that on Dec. 17, after she returned from a trip to Utah, Nolfi began acting strangely toward her. She said he began leaving threatening phone messages, sometimes dozens in one day, according to Nolfi’s arrest affidavit.

A deputy reported listening to the messages, in which Nolfi threatened to kill the woman’s family and to kill and eat her dog, the affidavit alleged.

The man complained repeatedly in his messages that the woman hadn’t sent him a Christmas present and that she was ruining his mother’s life, the affidavit said.

The woman told deputies she was experiencing emotional distress because of the messages.

Police in Ohio arrested Nolfi, and he was extradited to Mesa County, where he was arrested and booked into Mesa County Jail.


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