Crime

Man charged with stalking, harassment

An Erie man is accused of stalking a woman on numerous occasions.

Christopher R. Burns II, 37, was charged by State College police with stalking and harassment.

According to Sgt. Barrett Smith, Burns followed the woman to and from her work, and other places within the past couple of weeks.

The criminal complaint filed Saturday said the woman noticed Burns following her from her work in Altoona to her home.

The report said the woman told police “she was fearful for her safety” and left the area.

She reportedly went to the Snappy’s gas station in Potter Township where she said she thought she would be safe.

Burns then also showed up at the same place, followed her into the convenience store and gave her a handwritten note that said “to call police if you see me,” the criminal complaint said.

State College police reported they met with the woman and Burns upon arrival early Saturday morning.

Police said when they arrived at Snappy’s, Burns was attempting to leave the scene.

When asked what he was doing in the area, police said Burns responded that he “was doing nothing good.”

According to the criminal complaint, Burns also drove past the woman’s house multiple times the week before, and followed her.

Burns was arraigned by District Judge Steven Lachman.

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