NORMAN — 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.
The affidavit also states that Ferdous recently told students at the University of Cincinnati that he'd purchased a knife to “go after” Devonshire.
Ferdous claims he used his mother's credit cards and the proceeds from selling textbooks to finance his 900-mile trip from Ohio to Oklahoma, records show.
Catherine Bishop, an OU spokeswoman, declined to say whether Ferdous was ever a student at the university, but Devonshire's written statement and the affidavit filed by the OU Police Department both indicate he was expelled some time during the last school year.
The name of Ferdous' attorney was not listed in court documents.
In her written statement, Devonshire said the harassment from Ferdous ended after he was expelled — but not for long.
“I hadn't heard anything for awhile until he was pulled off a Dallas flight for yelling, cussing and thoughts of suicide,” she wrote. “When the police took him into custody they found a letter on him that was addressed to my parents' house.”
Devonshire said the letter scared her because “he seemed completely obsessed with me.” Her statement did not specify when the incident on the airplane took place, and records from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport were not available for this story.
“In the letter he said he was going to commit suicide if he did not meet with me,” she wrote. “The police sent him to a mental institution for seven days before sending him home to his mom.
“That was the last I heard from him until now.”