Alleged stalker will get mental exam |

Alleged stalker will get mental exam

Christina Proctor

A man accused of stalking a woman for more than three years will undergo a psychological evaluation before facing charges, prosecutors said last week.

Steven Edwin Ahrens, 35, of Stateline, was arrested Jan. 29 after the woman reported seeing a prowler in her back yard. Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies caught Ahrens running away from the woman’s home. After receiving consent to search his home, investigators said they found evidence that Ahrens was videotaping the woman’s front door and keeping a record of her comings and goings.

Ahrens reportedly asked investigators for counseling, telling them that the elders of his church weren’t able to help him with his obsession. Ahrens waived time for his preliminary hearing Thursday, and Judge Steven McMorris sent him to a secure mental health facility for evaluation.

Ahrens is scheduled to be back in the Tahoe Township Justice Court next week for a status check on the case. Ahrens is charged with aggravated stalking, trespassing, possession of a prescription drug without permission, possession of stolen property and burglary.

Deputy District Attorney Alan Buttell said how the case will progress will depend on the results of the evaluation.

Ahrens allegedly had numerous photographs of the woman – some of them enlarged and framed – in his house. He reportedly admitted to making a key to her house and entering it when no one was home.

Ahrens and the woman met while he was a cook and she a waitress at the Lakeside Inn & Casino. The woman told investigators that Ahrens joined her church, which she later learned he did only to be near her. The woman said her friendship with Ahrens ended when he asked her to commit to him. When she refused, Ahrens allegedly became angry and his “bizarre” behavior began.

During the search of Ahrens’ home, investigators said they found a prescription drug bottle labeled with the woman’s name, and a plastic bag of women’s clothing. Ahrens claimed he purchased the clothes at a thrift store.

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