Low Flights 'Stalking' From The Air?
A dozen complaints from residents led police to the pilot of a small plane witnessed, photographed and filmed flying low over their homes last Wednesday, but there's more to it than that. The pilot, Tom Huey, of Concord, Calif., who'd flown his 1957 Beech Bonanza over the neighborhood prior to July 2008, resumed that habit this September. And here's the more: Huey's flight pattern, which circled over the neighborhood, also circled over the house of his ex-girlfriend. And his timing apparently coincides with the restraining order she filed against him. The flights stopped in July when the girlfriend obtained the order, but resumed mere hours after authorities finally served Huey with the papers. Authorities believe the return of Huey's aircraft over the neighborhood now means he violated the restraining order that police finally served earlier that same day. If that's the case, it may make him guilty of felony stalking, and with that (and upon his landing, Wednesday) they arrested him. Huey didn't make it complicated, having flown low enough to put his plane's registration number well within the range of neighbors' camcorders ... and leaflets found in the neighborhood didn't help.
Police have not confirmed that the leaflets, which included racial slurs and that named a local female resident, were dropped by plane, but are considering that the events are not coincidental. Huey was arrested after the aircraft he landed at Buchanan Field airport had made eight passes over his ex-girlfriend's neighborhood (eliciting the dozen complaints) was then taken to county jail, where he was held on $155,000 bail.