A West Des Moines man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stalking an Urbandale couple for six months by leaving sticky post-it notes on their vehicles and the vehicles of their friends.
Larry Keith Wymer, 75, of 1218 25th St., West Des Moines, was charged with first-offense stalking and fifth-degree criminal mischief.
The incident began Wednesday about 5:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of Jordan Creek Parkway at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club, where a victim allegedly saw Wymer “place ‘U.S. Postal’ stickers on her husband’s Chevy Tahoe, which was parked near the tennis courts,” according to court records.
The victim immediately called the police, while her friend “confronted” Wymer and “stalled him until” an officer with the West Des Moines Police Department arrived.
The sticky-note stalker first struck June 27, according to a report the victims filed Aug. 21 with the Urbandale Police Department. According to court records, security camera footage showed that Wymer allegedly “visited the victims’ residence and the victims’ friend’s residence approximately five to seven times since July 2020.”
The notes Wymer allegedly stuck onto the vehicles “were derogatory in nature to both victims,” according to court records.
In the security camera video, Wymer’s “face was covered, but he was wearing the same Croc shoes as he was during” Wednesday’s incident at the country club, according to court records.
When questioned by law enforcement, Wymer “admitted to going to the victims’ residences and placing the notes,” according to court records, and “also admitted placing two stickers on” the male victim’s vehicle Wednesday at the country club.
A search of Wymer’s person disclosed “two used wax pieces of paper, which would be used to hold the ‘U.S. Postal’ stickers,” according to court records.
Wymer was held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an appearance in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is innocent until and unless proven guilty.