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Accused stalker hides from police in corn maze in California

2019-10-01

A man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend in the San Francisco Bay Area was arrested Saturday after leading police on a corny chase.

Ryan Kenneth Watt, 29, allegedly showed up at his ex’s son’s sports practices, hacked her social media accounts and texted her to say he knew where she was, according to NBC Bay Area.

After his third arrest in September, police found GPS tracker alerts on Watt’s phone that were being sent from a device on the woman’s car.

On Friday, when officers showed up at an area homeless camp where Watt was living, he fled across the highway to the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and through the corn maze.

“I’ve been to that maze myself, off duty with kids,” Lt. Ed Crosby of the Petaluma Police Department told The Mercury News. “It’s a great place to hide. It’s very narrow. It takes a long time to get through it.”

Police spent about two hours chasing Watt through the four-acre maze, aided by a helicopter, before finding him hiding in a chicken coop.

Watt was arrested and charged with suspicion of violating a restraining order, attempting to dissuade a crime victim, obstructing officers and on an earlier warrant, according to online jail records.

His bail was set at $250,000.