Woman charged with stalking, false call to 911

A plan to stalk and harass a person by sending Warren County emergency responders to their location has led to a felony warrant being issued for a St. Ann woman.

Charges of first-degree stalking and making a false report were issued last week against Ashley D. Douglas, 40, for an incident that took place in early January. Authorities said a similar charge is pending trial in St. Charles County.

Sometime after noon on Jan. 4, Douglas called 911 to report that a male person had called her and told her he was having vehicle trouble, and his head hurt, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Department report. Dispatchers reacted to a possible medical emergency, and dispatched a Warren County deputy, Marthasville Ambulance and Marthasville Fire to a location off of Highway CC.

When a deputy arrived, he discovered that the male person was not in any danger, had no contact with Douglas, and in fact has a restraining order against her. The male told the deputy he and a family member had been forced to move and change their phone numbers due to alleged stalking and harassment from Douglas.

Further investigation revealed a tracking device had been placed under the rear bumper of the male’s vehicle. The deputy took the device and left, after which Douglas allegedly called to provide an updated location of the victim. She provided accurate locations for the deputy’s vehicle where the tracking device was being held.

When the deputy later contacted Douglas, she allegedly admitted to knowing of the tracking device, and claimed she placed it for the male’s safety. She was asked to provide the phone number the male had supposedly called her from, and gave an incorrect number, deputies said.

At the time the incident took place, Douglas was free on bond from a similar harassment charge in St. Charles County. Her bond order includes having no contact with the victim. A St. Charles County judge revoked Douglas’ bond on April 9 for violating that order.

Douglas’ arrest warrant in Warren County includes no bond.

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