Marlon Pagtakhan, 29, who was convicted in 2001 of stalking Ryan and her boyfriend, was arrested on Aug. 11 after he allegedly showed up at the All Pro Wrestling studio in Hayward and screamed at a number of wrestlers, challenging them to a fight.
The incident followed months of threatening text messages and instant messages which Pagtakhan allegedly sent to six wrestlers at the studio, said San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Hill. Pagtakhan also spent a year harassing an Illinois wrestler associated with the studio by the name of "MsChif" (pronounced "mischief"), according to Hill.
Prosecutors are charging Pagtakhan with 14 counts of stalking and three counts of felony threats. The case is filed in San Mateo County because Pagtakhan allegedly made the threats from Burlingame.
Pagtakhan was scheduled to appear in San Mateo County Superior Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing, but the judge postponed the hearing after defense attorney Eric Hove asked for court-appointed medical doctors to examine his client's mental wherewithal to stand trial.
Prosecutors say that Pagtakhan, an employee of a San Francisco moving company, was a former student at the All Pro Wrestling studio, a Hayward-based wrestling group which provides a training ground for those who aspire toward wrestling in professional associations such as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
He threatened the six wrestlers in Hayward because he was angry that they had excluded him from their group. Hill said. However, his year-long harassment of the Illinois wrestler "MsChif" was not borne out of resentment but a romantic interest similar to the obsession he harbored with Ryan, said Hill.
"Stalking comes in a couple flavors," Hill said. "There's 'I hate you, I want to kill you.' And there's a type of stalker that is romantically obsessed with the target of his stalking."
Pagtakhan was not just convicted of stalking and extortion charges for sending hundreds of sexually explicit and threatening e-mails to Ryan, the curvaceous "Star Trek: Voyager" star, but also for posting threatening online messages to Ryan's boyfriend, "Star Trek: Voyager" producer and writer Brannon Braga.
"He was posting to Paramount Star Trek fan sites on their bulletin board ... just repetitively posting things like, 'Send me $5,000, or I'm going to beat Brannon Braga unconscious,'" said Hill.
Pagtakhan sent such messages "to get Braga out of the picture" so that he could woo Ryan, said San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Pagtakhan was ultimately convicted in Los Angeles County Superior Court of stalking and extortion charges in 2001, then sentenced to 248 days in county jail and five years of supervised probation, during which he was prohibited contact with the couple and use of a computer connected to the Internet, and was required to seek mental treatment. However, Pagtakhan violated his probation the following year and was sent to prison for two years.
The high-profile case was one of the nation's first convictions for cyber-stalking.
Pagtakhan, who lived in South San Francisco when he was convicted in the Ryan case, moved to Burlingame after he served out his prison term.
Prior to his arrest in Hayward, the Burlingame Police Department spent months building a case that Pagtakhan was stalking a half-dozen wrestlers, according to Wagstaffe. In fact, he added, police had contacted the District Attorney's Office only days before Pagtakhan's arrest outside All Pro Wrestling to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Calls to both All Pro Wrestling and Pagtakhan's defense attorney, Eric Hove, were not returned before press time.
Pagtakhan, who remains in custody in lieu of $800,000 bail, could face up to 13 years in prison if convicted of the 14 new charges against him.
The court is scheduled to appoint doctors on Wednesday to evaluate Pagtakhan's competence to stand trial.
Staff writer Michael Manekin can be reached at 650-348-4331 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.