BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Sri Keshaav Jalli Shankar, 22, was arrested early this morning after being found in the bedroom of a woman he’d been stalking.
The incident began when a woman heard someone enter her apartment at Countryside at the University at 5:14 a.m. and texted her roommates to see if they were expecting company. Both replied that they weren’t, so she called police. After Gainesville Police Department arrived, they searched the apartment and found Jalli Shankar in the bedroom of one of the roommates. Jalli Shankar was reportedly told multiple times to leave the room but refused, but when officers started to go in the room and get him, he quickly stepped out of the room. Jalli Shankar allegedly continued trying to break the officer’s grasp on his arm, and he was eventually handcuffed.
Officers contacted the victim, who stated that for the past week and a half, Jalli Shankar had been coming to her apartment and knocking on the door at random times during the night and also throwing rocks at her window. According to the police report, Jalli Shankar also had a picture of the victim’s driver’s license on his phone, and she did not know how he would have gotten access to her license. She said she knew Jalli Shankar but did not want him to contact her. She reported that he has also been repeatedly trying to contact her via social media since December 12, but she had never responded to him. She told officers that she felt unsafe confronting Jalli Shankar about this and that she was afraid he might harm her.
The roommate who was home at the time of the incident confirmed the victim’s report that Jalli Shankar has been knocking on their door repeatedly, on different nights at different times.
Post Miranda, Jalli Shankar reportedly told police that the front door was open and that he entered the apartment to wait on the victim, since she was not responding to his calls. He said he tried to call her every day.
Jalli Shankar’s occupation is listed as “student” on the arrest report, and he produced his Indian passport and U.S. visa as identification. He has been charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple stalking, and resisting an officer without violence.
Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.