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California Man Arrested For Stalking Multiple Victims

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint charging Christopher Au-Young (35, California) with interstate stalking and cyberstalking. If convicted on all counts, Au-Young faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the complaint, since August 2022, Au-Young has engaged in a campaign of online and telephonic harassment and threats against multiple victims who reside in the Middle District of Florida and elsewhere. Au-Young engaged in a course of conduct with the intent to harass or intimidate the victims. Specifically, Au-Young cyberstalked, harassed, and threatened the victims by posting threatening and harassing videos on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and Reddit. Au-Young also made repeated phone calls to and sent threatening voicemails and text messages to the victims. In addition, Au-Young drove his car from California to Illinois to intimidate and harass one of the victims.

A complaint is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.         

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Tampa Police Department, the Anaheim (California) Police Department, and Carbondale (Illinois) Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa M. Thelwell.

Updated January 26, 2023