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Renton man allegedly stalked radio host, Delilah

Taken from incident reports by Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputies:

A neighbor and a private investigator helped Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a 51-year-old Renton man for stalking Delila Rene, a nationally syndicated radio personality who lives in Port Orchard.

The man, who was recently released from prison for stalking Rene, showed up near her house in early June, according to her personal assistant.

He left a dozen white roses and a card for her with her gardener, and he left other gifts at the former site of Delilah’s Cozy Kitchin near Bay Street, her assistant said.

Rene told deputies that the man unsuccessfully tried to contact her radio station in Florida, then in Denver, then Salt Lake City and finally Seattle.

He went to prison more than five years ago for stalking her and has a history of violent crime, she said, adding that the man’s actions have accelerated recently and she’s afraid of him.

Deputies checked surveillance videos from Rene’s house and discovered that the man had been driving a green, 1995 Pontiac Grand AM and documented its license plate number.

The car was registered to the man who had stalked Rene several years ago, and gave law enforcement officers probable cause to arrest the man for stalking.

On June 3, the man allegedly pulled his car to the side of the road and asked an off-duty sheriff’s deputy where Rene Lives.

The deputy allegedly didn't say, but took note of the man’s appearance.

He was about 6 feet tall, weighed about 200 pounds, wore a Coca-Cola t-shirt and had black and grey curly hair cut short on top and sides but longer in the back, matching the description of the man who had stalked Rene several years ago.

The man allegedly left the deputy’s house with a “smirk” on his face.

On June 5, the man allegedly stopped at Rene’s house, and told someone he saw there that he’d come to drop off clothes for Delilah.

He left shortly thereafter.

The next day, around 2 a.m., a private investigator and neighbor of Delilah’s called law enforcement officers, saying that the man who’d allegedly stalked Delilah had parked his car in front of her house.

The 911 operator then heard a struggle, and police went to the home to investigate.

They found the man who allegedly stalked Delilah face down on the asphalt near a green Pontiac Grand AM with other men nearby.

One man, who identified himself as a private investigator, said that he’d seen the man drive up and down the driveway, and then stop. Deputies switched out the handcuffs and transported the man to jail.

His bail was initially set at $50,000 for stalking.

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