Stalker murders two, then turns gun on himself
In a disturbing story out of Washington, NBC News reports that a podcast host and her husband were murdered Friday when a Texas man who had a history of stalking the woman showed up at their home and shot the pair before killing himself.
The perpetrator has been identified as Ramin Khodakaramrezaei, 38, and his victims were Zoreh Sadeghi, 33, and Mohammed Naseri, 35, according to the Daily Mail.
Stalker kills two, commits suicide
Police in Redmond believe that Khodakaramrezaei broke into the couple's residence through a bedroom window in the wee hours of Friday morning.
It was not long before Sadeghi's mother – who lived in the house – noticed the intruder's presence, escaped the home, and went to a neighbor's home to call for help.
Upon arriving at the home, law enforcement officers discovered the fatally wounded Naseri suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest and Sadeghi already dead.
Khodakaramrezaei was also dead on the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, as the Mail further noted.
Obsession leads to tragedy
According to law enforcement authorities in Redmond, Khodakaramrezaei first became aware of Sadeghi through the podcast she hosted on issues in the tech sphere, and eventually became obsessed with the woman.
The Mail noted that the two had an in-person meeting in 2022, but that their acquaintance eventually took a nasty turn, whereupon Sadeghi instructed Khodakaramrezaei to cease further contact, a request he did not respect.
Court records reveal that Sadeghi told police that Khodakaramrezaei “has bursts of anger and is completely delusional” that left her in fear for her own life and that of those close to her.
Sadeghi recounted to police that the stalker contacted her husband repeatedly, came to her neighborhood, parked on her street, sent gifts, and called and left voice messages incessantly – reportedly making over 100 contacts in a single day.
Temporary protective order goes unserved
Sadeghi reportedly got in touch with the Redmond Police Department about the harassment in December of last year, and followed up in January after Khodakaramrezaei's conduct was said to have “intensified,” according to NBC News.
The now-deceased couple installed security cameras on the property, and their complaints ultimately led to charges of stalking and telephone harassment being lodged against Khodakaramrezaei earlier this month.
In addition, a judge granted a temporary order of protection against the stalker on March 3, setting a future hearing for a full order, but officers had been unable to serve him with the order, citing an inability to make contact with him.
As Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe noted to Fox 13 in Seattle, however, “A restraining order is simply a piece of paper that allows officers to take enforcement action should a suspect violate the court order. But a piece of paper does not protect a person when someone is intent on causing them harm.”
“Worst possible outcome”
According to court records, Khodakaramrezaei leaves behind a young daughter, who resides with his ex-wife, as Fox 13 noted.
Khodakaramrezaei reportedly also had a history of domestic violence incidents with his former spouse, though it was unclear whether he had other types of criminal offenses in his past.
Commenting on the shocking events of Friday, Lowe said “Our hearts go out to the victim's family and the Redmond community following this horrific tragedy.”
“This is an incredibly sad situation and the worse possible outcome of a stalking case, Lowe added. “We will continue investigating what led to this tragic loss.”