A New York woman faces charges in Centre County after allegedly threatening an area woman and defying police instructions not to contact her again.
According to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 5 by State College police, a local woman met with police in late August regarding ongoing alleged harassment by Elizabeth Bulkley, 22, of Elmira, N.Y. The woman reported ending a relationship with a man about four years ago, but continued to have contact with him, as they grew up together and have mutual friends.
During spring break this year, the woman and the man found themselves at the same beach and spoke to each other, police said. Around mid-June, the woman reported that she began receiving texts from Bulkley, who is reportedly now the man’s girlfriend.
Messages began with Bulkley accusing the woman of not staying away from the man, police said. “I’m going to (expletive) kill you,” and “Can’t wait to (expletive) curb stomp you the second I get home,” Bulkley allegedly texted the woman. She also reportedly linked the woman to a website titled “7 easiest painless ways of killing yourself quickest.”
The woman responded by warning Bulkley that she would seek legal advice if the threats didn’t stop, police said, but Bulkley continued to send threatening messages. Misdemeanor charges of harassment and stalking were filed Sept. 5.
According to a second affidavit of probable cause, Bulkley continued the harassing behavior by posting on Instagram, “I’m going to (expletive) kill you. Please screen shot that and show it to the police.” She also reportedly sent the woman several text messages as well.
An officer sent Bulkley a text messages ordering her to “cease all contact with (the woman),” police said, but later received a text from the woman saying Bulkley hadn’t stopped and forwarded additional posts from Instagram.
An officer attempted to call Bulkley’s home phone number and left a message again ordering her to stop all contact with the woman, police said. Posts to the woman continued.
A second set of charges against Bulkley were filed Wednesday with District Judge Carmine Prestia, according to court documents, charging her with a felony count of stalking and additional misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and harassment. A preliminary hearing is slated for Oct. 4.