More charges filed against man accused of chasing Marshall student on campus

Court records say Michael Hankins, 40, of Chesapeake, Ohio, has been charged with stalking and harassment after he was accused of chasing a Marshall University student. (West Virginia Regional Jail)

The Chesapeake, Ohio, man charged with trespassing after he was accused of chasing a Marshall student now has additional charges.

Michael Hankins, 40, was charged Tuesday afternoon with stalking and harassment.

Cabell County court records indicate Hankins is not supposed to be on the campus of Marshall University.

In the criminal complaint, the student told Marshall police she was stopped at the red light at the corner of Sixth Avenue and 20th Street in Huntington. She said Hankins was staring at her and making her uncomfortable. When she got to her apartment building, she got out of her vehicle and she saw Hankins standing behind her vehicle, staring at her in the rear view mirror, the complaint said. The victim told police she was afraid for her safety, got back in her car and drove away, hoping the defendant could not follow her without being in his vehicle.

Later, video surveillance shows Hankins getting out of his vehicle and following the victim on foot. She quickly returned to her dorm room to get away.

The victim identified Hankins through a photo lineup.

Hankins was initially stopped by Marshall police and arrested Sunday. At that time, he was charged with trespassing and forgery for having a fraudulent vehicle registration. His car was impounded.

Monday police searched his vehicle and said they found marijuana and crystal methamphetamine. He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.


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