While jilted Romeo and alleged GPS aficionado Dieter Heinz Werner might have a hard time taking no for an answer, you have to hand it to the 68-year-old text-a-holic for keeping up with the times. If what court records say about him are true, he has the stalking skills of many a man half his age.
According to a probable cause affidavit, early in the evening of February 11, a woman we'll call Rebecca received an odd text from ex-boyfriend Werner.
"I think you should go to the Rodeo," it read.
Rebecca thought it was odd that Werner would send her that message just then, as she just happened to be on the way to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at that very minute.
She took a picture of the text to preserve it, and then she examined her car. In the undercarriage, she found a tracking device. Police in Webster say Werner put it there.
Over the next two days, Werner sent her more texts, telling Rebecca that he would tell her family about how Rebecca had allowed her daughter to sleep over at her boyfriend's house.
Werner was allegedly back in action in April.
At 3:39 a.m. on April 3, she received a text reading ""Should have answered the phone and not ignored me again. Pissed me off. Now I show you." A few minutes later, he continued his rant. "Pissed me off when I saw you at Krogers and you turned your head. I would never treat you like that." Rebecca believed that Werner tracked her there; she also told police she never knew that Werner was there.
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On April 9, Rebecca met a friend for an after-work drink at a bar called Henry Wayne's. While she was there, Werner texted her an invitation to come join him in another bar if she wanted another beer. She said she had left her phone in the car and thus did not respond fast enough for Werner's liking. According to the affidavit, he appeared at her table at Henry Wayne's looking "agitated" and asking why she hadn't responded to his text. She later said she had never told him where she was going.
On April 15, a witness saw a man alleged to be Werner slash three of Rebecca's car tires with a pocketknife while her car was in the parking lot of the Webster Cinemark movie theater. The witness was able to remember the number of the temporary tag on the back of the Mercedes convertible, and the car was registered to Werner.
When police arrived, Rebecca told them her whole story. Somebody slashed her tires at the same movie theater very shortly after her January break-up with Werner, she said. Webster police contacted the Secret Service, who helped allegedly tie Werner to the tracking device Rebecca had removed from her vehicle. On May 13, Werner was charged with stalking; he was held without bond for several days while a protective order was arranged.
He is now free on $75,000 bond and forbidden from contact with Rebecca.