Miss San Antonio USA 2013 Alexandra Ahmadi is having trouble sleeping at night. And it’s no wonder why. On April 21, a man allegedly slipped a tracking device into her purse and used it to stalk her.
The realtor was celebrating her 26th birthday at San Antonio, Texas, bar Georges Keep when she claims a flirtatious male onlooker approached her and asked for her phone number. “I politely told him that I don’t share my number with many people,” Ahmadi tells Us Weekly. But the stranger wouldn’t take no for an answer, she says. Later that night, the former beauty queen received a call from a number she didn’t recognize. “I ignored it,” she says. But the caller was relentless. “The calls kept coming. He sent texts and videos of himself using drugs … He tried to FaceTime me. I told him to please stop contacting me.”
In the morning, Ahmadi was greeted with a photo of the man’s genitals as well as a terrifying message: “He wrote, ‘I’m very close to where you live, I’ll go pick you up,'” Ahmadi claims. Then he asked about Ahmadi’s recent late-night meal with her friends at Whataburger — and shared a screenshot of her exact location. She realized at that moment, that he had been monitoring her every move. “As soon as I saw that, I jumped out of bed screaming and crying uncontrollably,” the professional model reveals. Moments later, Ahmadi discovered a Bluetooth-enabled Tile tracking device in her bag. “I ran to my kitchen and drowned it in water thinking it would ruin the signal,” she explains. “I was scared to leave my house.”
San Antonio Police Sergeant Jesse Salame told Good Morning America this is the first case the department has seen like this, but noted it should serve as a warning for others. “Anybody watching this should be cautious of the technological advances that are out there now,” Salame said in the April 29 interview. “While these things are really good if you're looking for your keys or your pets, some of these things can be used for bad purposes.”
The makers of Tile addressed the issue in a statement to Us Weekly: "We're very sorry to hear that Tile may have been used for a purpose other than its intended design. Tile was designed to help locate personal items quickly such as keys, wallets, backpacks, etc. within a close proximity. The company does not promote or condone the use of its product for anything other than its intended purpose. Tile was not designed for nor does it provide real-time tracking capabilities. Furthermore, Tiles do not contain any personal identifier information whatsoever and cannot be used to hack into, or otherwise access, a phone or other personal electronic device."
Ahmadi — who went to local authorities on April 22 — believes the suspect used her Facebook page to find her phone number. “My number was listed as public,” she reveals. “I sleep with my bedroom door locked now. I’m paranoid throughout the day. Sitting in traffic is the worst, thinking he’s looking directly into my car. “
Police have not yet identified a suspect.
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