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Man accused of threatening OU soccer player was removed from airplane in 2011

An Ohio man who claims he drove 900 miles to kill a member of the University of Oklahoma women's soccer team was arrested Oct. 17 in Norman. The man had been pulled off a 2011 flight at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after passengers became alarmed by his behavior.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 26, 2012

An Ohio man who claims he drove 900 miles to kill a member of the University of Oklahoma women's soccer team was pulled off a flight at the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport in January 2011 after passengers became alarmed by his behavior.

A handwritten letter found by airport investigators, which The Oklahoman obtained through an open records request, sheds light on the state of mind of Naasik Ferdous, 21, shortly after he was expelled from OU in early 2011.

Investigators with the OU Police Department say Ferdous called them Oct. 16 from Overland Park, Kan., and told them he was driving to Norman to kill Kelsey Devonshire, the goalie for the OU women's soccer team.

Ferdous was arrested Oct. 17 in Norman on a misdemeanor stalking complaint and a felony complaint of conspiring to perform an act of violence after police learned he was on campus. He is being held at the Cleveland County jail, where bond has been set at $2 million. The name of his attorney was not available in court documents.

According to records obtained by The Oklahoman, Ferdous was pulled off an American Eagle flight on Jan. 29, 2011, after fellow passengers became alarmed by the way he was talking about Devonshire — a woman he'd never met in person.

An incident report filed by an airport police officer states Ferdous was upset about being expelled from OU and had just finished writing a letter to Devonshire's parents. The report also states that Ferdous had the home address of the woman's parents — which was only about 30 minutes from the airport — in his pocket.

In Ferdous' handwritten letter, addressed to Devonshire's parents, he writes that he was expelled from OU for “lying on my application.” He said the expulsion meant that he would not be able to meet Devonshire, a reality that caused him to become “very depressed.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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