Sarasota man arrested for stalking Port Charlotte woman

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Sarasota man arrested for stalking Port Charlotte woman

CREATED Oct. 3, 2012

ENGLEWOOD EAST, Fla. - Charlotte County deputies arrested a Sarasota man Tuesday for stalking his ex-girlfriend.  He also faces a charge of felony battery for attacking her son.

Deputies arrested 40-year-old Eric John Lacko.

Tuesday night deputies were called by Lacko’s former girlfriend who said he hit her teenage son, called her 26 times and sent 24 text messages threatening their lives. She showed deputies the messages; one read that he “had a gun and was going to end everyone’s lives.”

The victim's son spotted Lacko outside their home.  When he approached the suspect's car Lacko allegedly hit his arm and the teen ran back into his home to get his mother.

The mother and her son came outside, Lacko pulled into her driveway, got out screaming, “Bring it on!” The mother began calling CCSO and Lacko got back into his car. He made a U-turn in the neighbor’s front lawn, struck a culvert, and blows a tire. Lacko got out and ran away; however, deputies did locate him.

He was then arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail where a criminal history was checked and found Lasko has a prior conviction for Assault and Battery in 1994. The Simple Battery charged was upgraded to felony Battery. He was also issued a trespass warning for him not to return, while a Domestic Violence Order is being served. Lacko remains in jail on no bond.