PORTAGE | A Valparaiso man was arrested Friday after he followed two women from a Portage library to a restaurant and then to a police station when they went to report the incident, according to authorities.
Dustin A. Jolly, 44, was charged with felony stalking, but he reportedly told authorities he meant them no harm and needs help -- also noting he has a foot fetish.
According to a Portage Police Department news release Monday, the incident began shortly after 2 p.m. Friday when the mother and daughter went to the library to check out a movie. While inside, the daughter noticed a man, later identified as Jolly, kept walking around the area in the library near her.
At one point, Jolly allegedly came into the same aisle and stood next to her. The daughter said when she was unable to find a movie, she began leaving the library.
While heading to the entrance, she heard someone walking fast behind her and saw it was the same man. The daughter said as she exited the building, Jolly stepped on her foot which caused her shoe to fall off. After the incident, he apologized and both went their own way to their cars.
According to police, the woman said after leaving the library, she and her mother went to a restaurant. While getting their food, she saw Jolly's car drive by twice. On the second drive by, the daughter wrote down the car's license plate number.
While driving home, they saw the same car following them, police said. The women continued to drive around the city instead of going directly home.
When the car continued to follow them, they drove to the Portage Police Department to report the incident. Officers found the car was registered to Jolly.
Officers said Jolly was a registered sex offender who had committed several acts of violence against women in Michigan.
As police left the station to go to Jolly’s residence, they saw Jolly’s car drive past the station and stopped him.
When questioned, Jolly admitted to it and said he was "sorry and needs help."
He told officers that he has a foot fetish and never meant to harm anyone. He said he was simply following the women and denied any intentions of harming them.
Police believe Jolly has done this in the past and if any women have had a similar experience at the library or any other business in Portage, they are asked to contact Detective Cpl. Janis Regnier at (219) 764-5706.