Report: Zuckerberg Gets Restraining Order on Facebook Stalker
The Facebook founder has taken out a restraining order against a 31-year-old man who sent him Facebook messages threatening his safety and even tried to reach him in person, TMZ.com reports.
A judge has ordered the man, Pradeep Manukonda, to keep 300 yards away from Zuckerberg; his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan; and his sister, Randi, the site reports.
In court papers, Zuckerberg says the man tried to "follow, surveil and contact Mr. Zuckerberg using language threatening his personal safety."
Manukonda went to several Facebook offices in Palo Alto, Calif., in an attempt to reach Zuckerberg and ask for money for his family, law enforcement sources told TMZ. And he was about to walk up the front steps of Zuckerberg's home but was intercepted by Facebook security, TMZ reports.
Palo Alto police, who weren't involved in the restraining order, had brief contact with a man at the request of Facebook, police agent Rich Bullerjahn told AOL News today, without identifying the man.
"We made contact with him at the request of Facebook security, and that was it," he said. "Nobody was detained, nobody was arrested, no report was written."
Manukonda got a verbal warning from police. TMZ said. But Zuckerberg alleged that the man kept trying to contact him through the mail and sent him flowers at home with a handwritten note on Jan. 28.
In one of his Facebook messages, TMZ says, Manukonda wrote, "Please help me, then I am ready to die for you." He continues, "Please understand my pain."