NORMAN — An Ohio man already behind bars for threatening the life of a University of Oklahoma women’s soccer player apparently was doing the same to a member of the school’s gymnastics team, court records show.
Naasik Ferdous, 21, was jailed Oct. 17 after he admitted to police that he was traveling to Norman to kill OU women’s soccer player Kelsey Devonshire, the team’s goalie.
Court records show that Ferdous was stalking Devonshire since at least early 2011.
Ferdous, who remains in custody at the Cleveland County jail, was apparently stalking OU gymnast Sara Stone around the same time as Devonshire, according to a petition for protective order filed by the young woman on Oct. 26.
In the petition, which is short and lacks many details, Stone states that Ferdous wrote in an Oct. 13 email that he “should have” sexually assaulted her.
“He has maintained knowledge of where I am from and currently live,” Stone writes in the petition. “He knows where I go to school and my relationships. He knows how to locate me.”
Lt. Bruce Chan, a spokesman for the OU Police Department, said university police received a complaint from Stone regarding Ferdous’ stalking behavior but he wouldn’t comment on whether the gymnast was notified when the suspect was spotted on campus Oct. 17.
Ferdous was eventually arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit an act of violence and stalking due to the stalking and threatening behavior he exhibited toward Devonshire. Additional charges in Cleveland County have not been filed.
The Ohio man also was pulled off an American Eagle flight at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in January 2011 after fellow passengers were alarmed by his obsessive behavior and troubling comments.
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.”
Ferdous also talks about his love for soccer in the letter and claims he played goalie.
“I have put my heart and soul into attending OU but that ended,” Ferdous wrote in the letter. “Me not meeting your daughter has put me into a severe depression and I feel like committing suicide (I will cut my wrists and suffocate myself).”
Ferdous, who has retained a lawyer, is being held with bail set at $2 million.
He has a preliminary hearing conference set for Dec. 18, records show.