U-M employee arrested twice in the same day for allegedly stalking co-worker
A University of Michigan employee is being held in the Washtenaw County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond for stalking a co-worker, police said Friday.
Sivakumar Natarajan, 30, was arraigned Friday afternoon on one charge of aggravated stalking. U-M Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Diane Brown said he’s been harassing a 22-year-old female co-worker since early November.
Brown said Natarajan and the woman are employees of a lab in a medical science research building. The incident was being handled as an internal human relations matter until the lab director approached police on March 2, Brown said.
Natarajan was first arrested on March 2 and was released pending authorization of charges by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office, Brown said. The next day he was arrested again as police were informed that he was in the country illegally. However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed U-M police that ICE had made a mistake and Natarajan is legally in the country, and police once again released him, Brown said.
On Tuesday, Natarajan was served with a personal protection order, or restraining order, that was supposed to eliminate contact with the victim, Brown said. However, he was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor stalking charges when he again attempted to contact the woman.
Natarajan was released by police because the charges were not a felony or a bench warrant, Brown said. However, he was arrested for a second time Thursday after again allegedly making contact with the woman.
This time, Natarajan was held in the Washtenaw County Jail overnight and prosecutors authorized aggravated stalking charges.
If convicted, Natarajan faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He is due back in court for a hearing on the restraining order violation at 1:30 p.m. on Monday.
A preliminary exam has been set in the felony case for 8:30 a.m. March 21, Brown said.