DANA POINT, CA — A 25-year-old California man is suspected of having stalked more than 15 women on various social media platforms and threatened to sexually assault, rape and kill them, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
Dominic Luis Magdaleno was arrested on December 7 after a six-month investigation by detectives in Dana Point. Investigators were first tipped off about Magdaleno when a 19-year-old woman told them that he had been harassing her on Instagram.
According to a statement from OCSD Public Affairs Manager Jaimee Blashaw, Magdaleno was targeting Instagram “influencers,” and police found digital evidence “that showed the suspect using Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr to stalk, harass, and threaten multiple female victims.”
Magdaleno allegedly sent text messages and emails to multiple women, according to the OCSD. Some of them ignored the behavior at first, but after it began to escalate, one female victim reported the threats to police.
Sheriff’s investigators believe that there may be more victims out there. The OCSD has thus used this case to highlight the dangers of accidentally revealing too much personal information online.
They released the following statement:
Some teens and young adults are participating in a growing trend on social media to leave their accounts public in an attempt to become “influencers”–a designation determined, in part, by the number of followers an account has. While this practice is becoming more common, it has the potential to be unsafe. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department offers these tips to ensure safe online practices:
* It is best to keep all social media accounts private and only accept friend and follow requests from people you know.
• If an account is public, do not post any personal identifying information such as your full name, phone number, address, city of residence or school.
• Do not tag your current location in photos you post online. This increases your vulnerability and the potential for being the victim of a crime.
• Keep it vague. Avoid oversharing personal details of your everyday life and routines.
• Monitor comments and messages daily and immediately report any threats of violence.”
In addition, police are asking anyone with information to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 — or to leave an anonymous tip with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1 (855) TIP-OCCS.
O. C. Weekly
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Main photo: Dominic Luis Magdaleno [Orange County Sheriff’s Department]