My wife and I left our place of work at 1617 Westcliff Drive and drove to Mariner’s Park on Dover Street where we had lunch between 12:00 and 12:30 p.m. We then drove north on Irvine to Bristol because we were going to order a new telephone for our new trailer apartment.
I noticed that we were being followed by a white Ford Fairmont licence #1DGK980. I took a number of odd turns and confirmed that we were indeed being followed.
I got close enough to identify the driver as a white male, blond hair and glasses, perhaps six feet in height, heavy build.
I finally arrived at Quail Street off Campus and pulled off the road. The white Ford also pulled off the road and waited. I got out of my car and approached the Ford.The driver then began to move away from the curb and began to leave.
As I wanted to talk to him I signalled to him and ran up to his car. He sped away to the corner and began to turn right. As he had to stop at the corner I cut in front of his car (on foot) and approached from the passenger side. He saw me and pulled the car toward me, hitting me in the elbow. I stood there in shock and quite a bit of pain for a minute or so. The white Ford returned to the spot where it had hit me and the driver got out. He came at me angrily and said: “You do that again and I’ll kill you. I got a witness, a construction worker. You ran into my car.”
My wife had driven up by this time and had heard all this. I got back in our car and she drove to the Costa Mesa Police facility. The white Ford followed closely all the way. When we waited to make a left turn into the Police parking lot, he drove along side and yelled: “It won’t help you going to the police. They won’t help you. See you in fifteen minutes.”
We then went into the Police facility and gave our story of what had just happened and what had been occurring over the past two weeks to a Detective Geisler, a woman. Sgt.Bechtel was not in the station at the time.
Det. Geisler said she would look into the matter and that she would give our report to Sgt. Bechtel. She gave us a form to be filled in. She did not seem surprised by what had been occurring to us. She seemed more interested in what we had done.
She said that there was nothing the Police could do. She said it was perfectly legal for us to be followed and surveilled. Her attitude was one of disinterest. We left and returned to our office. We were tailed all the way from the police station by the same driver in the same car.
When we got to the parking lot outside our office the driver of the white Ford drove up, got out and approached angrily. He stated loudly and angrily: “Hey, what’s your name? You ran into my car, and made a statement to the police. I want your name so I can go make my statement.”
My wife then said: “What’s your name? You hit my husband with your car and I want to know your name.”
The Ford driver said to my wife: “You shut up. I don’t want to hear anything from a mouthy bitch.” He then turned to me and said: “What’s your name? ” I did not answer but began to walk toward my office.
He followed and said: “I’ll follow you right into your office.” When he approached the outer door he said: “Never mind. I got your license number. I’ll run a make on it.”
He then drove off.
When we left work around 5:30 p.m. we were tailed by two cars, the white Ford license # lDGK980 and the blue car license #1DKD497. At times they got in front and behind us and squeezed us very tightly. At times one would pull along side while the other followed closely.
We drove straight to the police facility where we again spoke with Det. Geisler. I told her that the situation of following and harassment continued.f I told her our concerns and described the irresponsible, unrestrained behavior of the followers.
Det. Geisler said that the two people who had been following us had been in to see her that afternoon. She said that they were just college students employed by a private agency to surveil and follow us. I asked her the name of the agency. She said that she wouldn’t tell me.
She said that we had no worry about being “snuffed” by these people. She said they were paid just to follow us because the claim was made that I had stolen materials and was making statements about the organization.
She said that they were perfectly within the law to follow us and watch us. She recommended that we should just continue with our regular routine and ignore them. She also said that we could have “fun with them.” She mentioned that she would, if followed in this manner, make all sorts of stops, phone calls, strange moves, make them use their gas, run up their gas bill, etc.
We asked her if it was legal for the followers to come onto the trailer park property and she said no. She said it was also illegal for them to come up to our trailer and peer into our windows.
She said that the driver of the car that had hit me had said that I had run into his car, so there was nothing they could do about that.
My wife asked if it had been verified that they were employed by a private detective agency to follow us, and Det. Geisler said that it was.
Det. Geisler warned us about getting upset with the followers and trying to elude them. She said that someone, likely an innocent by-stander, would get hurt, or killed. I asked that, if that was the case, then would the police please do something to get these people off my back, and she said that that they couldn’t.
I distinctly got the impression that the police either did not care about what happened to me, or they were in the employ of the people following me or Scientology.
When we left the police station the two cars, the white Ford and the blue Ford, followed. They followed us right onto the trailer park property and I walked back to the white Ford driver and told him that this was private property and that they were not legally on it. He was antagonistic, threatened me, claimed that he was legally on the property.
I then found the manager of the property, let her know that we were being followed and asked her about these cars coming on the property. She said that it was not legal, and that they had no business on the property.
The two cars continued to drive onto the property and that night the manager and another tenant on the trailer park called the Costa Mesa police to complain about the disturbances as the drivers of the cars were blocking the driveway and antagonizing the people who lived in the trailer park.
Later I learned from the manager that the Costa Mesa police had arrived on the property and a Detective Haddock had talked to her that night.
I also learned from her that one of the people, Wally Longridge, had been told by the police, when he called, that the people were surveilling someone in the trailer park who had stolen some important papers from an electronics firm.