Police: Man faces stalking charges after writing veiled threats about W&M employee

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Yasser El Sherief (Courtesy VPRJ)

Yasser El Sherief, 47 of Williamsburg, is facing trespassing, stalking, and violation of a protection order charges after multiple incidents on the William and Mary campus, according to a criminal complaint filed in Williamsburg/James City County General District Court Feb. 23.

In Oct. 2016, a college employee requested emergency protection orders against El Sherief, who has a past record of stalking and trespassing, according court documents.

The emergency protection order stems from an alleged incident of trespassing and stalking involving the female employee. When the emergency protection order was filed, William and Mary staff were told to report El Sherief to police if he was seen on school property, court documents state.

According to the criminal complaint, the staff member was implicitly harassed by El Sherief in seven Facebook posts during one 24-hour period. The posts made thinly veiled references to the employee and her husband.

The threatening theme of the posts led police to believe El Sherief was “knowingly violating the permanent protective order of ‘no contact,’” the complaint stated.

“See you in my daily walk and this time send the FBI,” read one of the messages.  

On Feb. 18, El Sherief was seen by a William and Mary Police officer and other witnesses along the property line of Albert Daily Field, where the stalking victim was involved in a lacrosse match, according to police.

El Sherief was seen again by police on Feb. 21 and 22 walking up and down Ironbound Road during a lacrosse practice held at the Dillard Complex, according to police.

Court documents said El Sherief told police he walked to Colonial Williamsburg daily, but officers who observed him wrote this was inconsistent with their observations.

Police concluded in the criminal complaint that based on El Sherief’s alleged appearances outside of William and Mary property — and the wording of El Sherief’s facebook posts — El Sherief willfully violated the protective orders.

El Sherief is currently being held in police custody on charges of stalking, stalking fear of death or assault, trespassing, and violation of a protective order, according to online court records.

He is scheduled to appear in Williamsburg-James City County court on March 23 and April 13 for the various charges.

When called for comment, a William and Mary spokesperson said they could not provide any more information than what is in court records.