NORMAN — 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.”
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).”'
At the end of the letter, Ferdous leaves contact numbers for himself and his mother.
“I hope that when you please read this ... find a place in your hearts to call my mother at any of these numbers,” he wrote.
The report filed by airport police states that Ferdous was taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for a mental evaluation. A search of Dallas County court records indicates Ferdous was never charged with a crime in connection with the airport incident.
By the time Ferdous was pulled off the American Eagle flight, he had already established a pattern of harassing members of the OU women's soccer team.
Devonshire, who filed an emergency protective order against Ferdous the day before he was arrested, claims he had harassed at least one other member of the women's soccer team before turning his attention to her.
Pete Moris, a spokesman for the OU athletics department, would not say how many other student-athletes — if any — have been harassed by stalkers in recent years.
“The safety and security of all of our students at the University of Oklahoma is always our primary concern,” Moris said. “We will always take appropriate measures in conjunction with the university to ensure the protection of our students.”