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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
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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.”

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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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