Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect that Don W. Serpas pleaded guilty on Feb. 7, 2013 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was fined $1,800, and sentenced to two years probation. An order of protection against him will expire four years from now. The story was updated again to reflect that Serpas satisfied his probation requirements on March 19, 2014.
A Lisle man has been charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend at her new boyfriend's home near Elburn.
Don W. Serpas, 59, of the 1800 block of Four Lakes Drive, was arrested July 2. Bail was set at $10,000, and he is free on $1,000 bond, according to court documents.
On June 25, firefighters at Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District Station 2, 39W950 Hughes Road, Geneva, became suspicious of a man they saw crawling through weeds, carrying binoculars, according to a sheriff's report. When they asked him what he was doing, he said he worked for the nearby Tanna Farms Golf Club, and continued to crawl. Thinking that was odd, they asked him more questions, and Serpa told them he was spying on a woman to learn if she was dating someone else, according to the report. The firefighters then called the sheriff's office.
According to the report, Serpas told a sheriff's deputy he had followed the woman from her house in Plainfield, and that it was the second time he had followed her to this residence. He had also called the Realtor listing the home for sale, to find out more about the owner.
The victim told sheriff's deputies, in a statement made July 2, that she and Serpas had dated for nine months, and that she had broken up with him two months earlier. She said she had ended the relationship by sending him a text message because she was uneasy around him.
A felony charge was then authorized, and Serpas turned himself in that day.
The victim has obtained an order of protection prohibiting Serpas from coming near her, her home or her workplace. The affidavit she filed for the order indicated that earlier in June Serpas followed her to the parking lot of the store she works at in Batavia, and "accused" her of receiving flowers from her boyfriend. She also said he has texted her that they only reason he came to the store was "because you left me no choice, because you would not meet me and talk in person."
At a court hearing Thursday, Serpas agreed not to contest the order of protection.
However, he has requested a "no contact" order against the woman's boyfriend. According to the affidavit Serpas submitted June 27 for that, the boyfriend threatened him. He said while the two were approaching Elburn firefighters and police officers, who "had the situation under control," the boyfriend shouted "vulgar statements" at Serpas, told Serpas he was going to assault him, then pointed his hand like a pistol and "shouted he would shoot to kill me."
Stalking is a Class 4 felony, punishable by probation or up to three years in prison.
Serpas pleaded guilty on Feb. 7, 2013 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was fined $1,800, and sentenced to two years probation. An order of protection against him will expire four years from now.
Serpas satisfied the terms of his probation on March 19, 2014. The order of protection is set to expire on March 21, 2016.