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Man charged with stalking after allegedly hiring private investigators to find his ex-girlfriend so he could kill her

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Nicholas G. Darling, 30, was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated domestic stalking after allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend and hiring private investigators to find her.

The relationship between Darling and his ex-girlfriend ended in April of 2022, and since then, he has reportedly sent her many “aggressive threatening” texts. She was reportedly forced to move out of her house for her safety, and since she moved out, the text messages have reportedly become more violent and threatening.

Darling reportedly contacted the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to find her address and hired multiple private investigators to find her. He has also allegedly threatened to go to GRU to find her new address.

On May 30, a Gainesville Police Department officer made contact with Darling by phone and advised him to stop contacting the victim. The officer reported that Darling told him he “did not care if I was law enforcement and that he was going to find her no matter what.” The officer reported that Darling was “extremely hostile” and repeatedly “commanded” the officer to tell him where the victim lives.

Darling allegedly texted the victim after the phone call and wrote, “F*** you and f*** that cop you had call me… He says he is going to arrest me and I told him good luck. You don’t scare me and neither do the cops.” The report concluded, “It is clear that nothing is going to stop [Darling] on his current course of action including the law.”

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A witness who knows both Darling and the victim reportedly told the officer that Darling’s father had warned the victim in April to leave her house immediately because Darling was coming to kill her. The witness also reportedly said that Darling had made explicit death threats regarding the victim in recent days.

Darling has been charged with aggravated domestic stalking and is being held on $150,000 bond.

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. 

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