Woman accused of stalking businesswoman

Tenikia Lynn Mayfield, 26, has been charged with stalking

April 19, 2012 12:05:03 PM PDT
A woman is accused of stalking a prominent businesswoman since July 2011, including sending more than 170 sexually explicit messages on Facebook.

According to court documents, the victim told Houston police that at the end of June of last year, Tenikia Lynn Mayfield and her grandfather were hired to do some welding work at the victim's workplace. After that, Mayfield allegedly began showing up over and over again in connection with the victim.

In November, the victim says Mayfield approached her at a job fair but said she wasn't looking for a job. Then in December, the victim told police she was followed by Mayfield as she left her business and ran errands.

In January 2012, the victim was hosting a youth event at a community center when she says Mayfield approached her and said she had been talking to her for months on Facebook. The victim denied communicating with Mayfield and asked her to leave.

In February, Mayfield allegedly offered the victim a gift when she arrived at another private youth event at a mall. The victim had refused delivery of other unsolicited packages sent via shipping services.

The victim told police that following the incident at the mall, she checked her Facebook page and stumbled upon more than 170 private messages from Mayfield, sent beginning in July 2011. Court documents state that the messages contained sexually explicit language that the victim felt to be harassing, alarming and threatening, and she began to fear for her safety and that of her family.

Police officers visited Mayfield in March, and warned her not to contact the victim or her daughter in any way. After that, the victim's daughter received Facebook messages, allegedly from Mayfield saying that she is now pursuing the affections of the daughter and won't give up. A portion of one message reportedly read, "I am not afraid to go to jail and I am not afraid to fight the case."

Mayfield, 26, has been charged with stalking. Bail for the felony charge has been set at $5,000.

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