- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) A German man who spent the last year pursuing Serena Williams around the world was arrested early yesterday at the U.S. Open and charged with stalking the top-seeded tennis player.
Albrecht Stromeyer, 34, was taken into custody after a police officer spotted him watching Williams through a fence at the U.S. Tennis Center, police spokesman Detective Louis Camacho said.
Stromeyer, who lives with his wealthy parents in Frankfurt, was charged with two counts of stalking the tennis star, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said.
Authorities said Stromeyer had been following Williams around the world since June2001. During that time, Stromeyer reportedly sent repeated e-mails and made numerous phone calls in an effort to contact Williams.
The stalker was previously spotted at tournaments in Germany, Italy, Britain and France. Stromeyer was arrested outside the gates of Wimbledon on July3 after scuffling with police.
The district attorney planned to ask for an order of protection that would keep Stromeyer away from the 20-year-old Williams. The man whose mother is a psychiatrist faces a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison.


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