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Leesburg man accused of stalking pregnant ex-girlfriend

Pheonix Thomas Richa Money
Pheonix Thomas Richa Money

A Leesburg man was charged with stalking his pregnant ex-girlfriend after he reportedly threatened to kill her and repeatedly drove past her house.

The victim told a Leesburg police officer on Sunday that her former boyfriend, 22-year-old Phoenix Thomas Richa Money, had been stalking her. She said she and Money dated for about seven months and broke up about three months ago, and she was pregnant with Money’s baby, according to the LPD police report.

The victim said Money started stalking her after they broke up. She said he had driven by her residence repeatedly throughout the day in a green Chevy Malibu, saying he was going to kill her. The victim said Money drove by four to five times trying to speak to her while she asked him repeatedly to leave, the report said.

The victim gave the officer text messages, a video and pictures of Money driving around her residence. Two messages were from that day, one of which told the victim that she was going to get what was coming to her and the other accusing her of playing games. The officer also watched a video of the victim explaining to Money that she wanted him to leave and that he was stalking her, according to the report.

While at the residence, the officer observed Money calling the victim several times and continuously texting her. The victim provided a screenshot of the call history that showed Money tried to call her 13 times between 6 and 7 p.m., the report said.

The officer then spoke with Money through the Leesburg Communication Center. Money said he was suicidal and did not want to talk. The officer was eventually able to get Money to meet with him at Leesburg police station, where he said he never made any threats to the victim, according to the report.

When asked if he had been at the residence, Money admitted he was there and had texted the victim. He said he was upset with her because she told him he was not the father of the child she is pregnant with, the report said.

Money was arrested and charged with simple stalking. He was transported to the Lake County Jail, where he was released after posting $5,000 bond.

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