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Ohio man accused of threatening University of Oklahoma soccer player

A former University of Oklahoma student is accused making physical threats against a member of the women's soccer team. Naasik Ferdous, 21, is now being held at the Cleveland County jail after he admitted to driving from Cincinnati to Norman with the intent of killing the team's goalie.
by Andrew Knittle Published: October 24, 2012

— An Ohio man told the OU Police Department he drove hundreds of miles to kill a member of the University of Oklahoma women's soccer team, court records show.

Naasik Ferdous, 21, was arrested Oct. 17 and is being held at the Cleveland County jail after he admitted driving from Cincinnati to Norman with the intent of killing Kelsey Devonshire, the team's goalie. Reports show he called university police from Overland Park, Kan., telling them he was on his way to kill her.

His bail has been set at $2 million. Ferdous has been charged with conspiring to perform an act of violence and stalking in Cleveland County District Court.

Devonshire filed an emergency protective order against Ferdous on Oct. 16, the day he called university police, describing in a written statement the stalking behavior she and other teammates have dealt with since at least last year.

In the protective order, Devonshire writes that the suspect began stalking her after he'd done the same to other players on the team.

“At first it was just a friend request on Facebook, then a message saying he wanted to meet me because he was a huge fan,” she wrote. “Next thing I knew he was walking around the OU campus asking other athletes if they knew where to find me.”

Devonshire also claims in the order that Ferdous told people on campus that he was her boyfriend “and that he loved me.”

An affidavit filed by university police states that Ferdous left a handwritten letter at the home of the parents of former OU gymnast Natalie Ratcliff in Overland Park, Kan. Devonshire said in her statement that Ferdous left the letter Oct. 16 on Ratcliff's sister's car at the family residence, claiming that Ferdous wanted to “murder” Devonshire.

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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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