Alleged stalker arrested after reportedly making hundreds of calls

A South County man was arrested on suspicion of stalking and making criminal threats, and his bail was set at $250,000 Tuesday.

Ben Allan Peter, 37, had been “badgering” his ex-girlfriend at work, said Nevada County Undersheriff Joe Salivar.

“He had been leaving voice messages — some very short and some up to a minute long — to the tune of hundreds of voice mails,” Salivar said.

Peter reportedly had been calling the woman over the period of a week; Salivar said between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 28 alone, Peter left about 70 messages on the victim’s voice mail.

“It was one after another, nonstop,” Salivar said. “Some of the calls were innocuous, graduating to threats to kill her, take their child away and cause harm to her family.”

Peter was eventually tracked down via his cell phone to the 10000 block of Pekolee Drive, where he was arrested.

Salivar said his office requested a bail enhancement because of the “obsessive nature and sheer number” of the calls, adding that Peter reportedly owns firearms.

“We took it very seriously,” he said.

Peter has been charged with seven counts of criminal threats and two counts of stalking; he is set to be arraigned today.

He currently has a misdemeanor case on similar charges dating to an Aug. 8 incident and was served with a domestic violence restraining order Aug. 21.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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