Three men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a cyberstalking conspiracy that used GPS tracking devices to follow and ultimately murder a Kansas City, Missouri, man.
Lester E. Brown, 32, of Kansas City, Missouri, Michael Young, 29, of Independence, Missouri, and Ronell Pearson, 32, currently living in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area, were charged in a three-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
The Murder of Christopher Harris
The federal indictment alleges that Brown, Young, and Pearson participated in a conspiracy from Nov. 1, 2017, to March 19, 2018, to engage in the cyberstalking of Christopher Harris, which resulted in his death.
They allegedly deployed multiple GPS devices on vehicles used by Harris and his associates to track their locations, and allegedly used a GPS device on Harris’s vehicle to track Harris and kill him while he was dropping off his minor daughter after her dance class.
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The indictment also alleges that conspirators sent threatening messages to Harris using the social media service Snap in November and December 2017.
These messages included photographs of GPS devices, and demanded a payment to Brown of $1,000 per month. One message allegedly threatened Harris to “Pay me, or I’m going to touch something deeper, something close to you.”
In January 2018, the indictment says, conspirators surveilled Harris’s girlfriend at her place of employment, and followed her to the residence she shared with Harris.
On Feb. 2, 2018, they allegedly deployed a GPS tracking device on Harris’s black Nissan Altima, and used a tracking service to determine his real-time location.
Another tracking device was deployed on Harris’s vehicle on March 12, 2018.
On March 14, 2018, Harris picked up his daughter and drove her to dance class.
Conspirators tracked Harris as he drove his daughter home from dance class and dropped her off at her mother’s residence.
Conspirators shot a firearm multiple times into Harris’s vehicle, causing Harris to exclaim, “My daughter’s in the car! My daughter is in the car!”
They then shot Harris multiple times in the head, killing him.
(Did you know a small GPS device can be attached to your car to track your every move? Inside Edition’s Investigative Unit found numerous cases of men across the U.S. who were arrested for stalking or harassment after hiding GPS trackers on women’s cars. One example is Shaun Tyman of Massachusetts, who prosecutors say placed a GPS tracking device on his female co-worker’s car, then used it to follow her movements for days. Tyman was charged with stalking and has pleaded not guilty. Courtesy of Inside Edition and YouTube. Posted on Oct 2, 2018.)