HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A member of the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue is behind bars accused of stalking a woman he had a previous relationship with.
Sgt. Jason Price with the Hampton Police Department said David Allen Peters, 53, of Hampton was arrested Wednesday on the following charges:
- Use of profane language
- Misdemeanor threatening or indecent language over public airways
- Misdemeanor stalking
- Three counts of misdemeanor harassment by a computer
- Three counts of misdemeanor computer trespass
- Three counts of felony computer invasion
- Three counts of felony using a computer to gather identifying information
- Felony vandalism
- Felony burglary
- Misdemeanor larceny
The victim, a 44-year-old woman, reported to police Jan. 31, 2014 Peters vandalized and entered her home to steal something. Peters is also accused of using electronic means in order to harass and stalk the victim as well as her family.
“Over the computer, by phone… The investigation also showed unfortunately the victim’s home had been burglarized by the suspect and during the burglary the suspect had taken some jewelry, and that the suspect had also vandalized the residence of the victim,” said Price.
Price said the incidents reportedly began July 2013. According to police, Peters and the victim had previously been in a relationship with each other.
Peters has been employed by the Hampton Fire Division since 2001 as a firefighter medic and is currently on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
A neighbor told WAVY News’ Ava Hurdle Peters is known as an upstanding man in the community. Randy Hoagland said he’s known Peters for eight years.
“He works for the City of Hampton firefighter-emergency medical. He’s a pretty good guy. He’s always been kind, helping neighbors out and I’ve never had any problems with him around here at all,” said Hoagland.
Hoagland said he finds the allegations both surprising and disturbing.
Peters remains in jail, and declined WAVY News’ request for an interview.