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Second OU athlete accuses Ohio man of stalking

A University of Oklahoma gymnast was granted a protective order Monday against an Ohio man already in jail for threatening the life of another student-athlete.
by Andrew Knittle Published: November 8, 2012

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. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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