73-year-old man convicted of stalking women in Grantville mall parking lot

Grantville mall where alleged crimes took place in August.
Grantville shopping center where crimes took place. Picture via Google Maps

A 73-year-old man who harassed several women at a Grantville mall for several years has been sentenced to one year probation and ordered to undergo therapy, the San Diego city attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

On at least six occasions between 2018 and 2020, Orlando Joseph Chavez approached women in the parking lot of a shopping mall on Friars Road, then crawled under the women’s vehicles under the guise of examining an apparent fluid leak, officials said. the prosecutors.

Once under the victims’ vehicles, he would not get out, effectively preventing the women from leaving, prosecutors said.

According to the city attorney’s office, one of the incidents occurred in the presence of an off-duty San Diego police officer. After the officer ordered him out from under the car, Chavez told him he was doing nothing wrong, got into his truck and drove off, prosecutors say.

On another occasion, the city attorney’s office alleges he grabbed a woman by the arm. When the woman’s supervisor came to help them, Chavez told them, “You girls are so pretty and you should come with me,” the court documents state.

A woman who worked at the mall was approached three times, with Chavez following her to her workplace and asking her when she ignored him the third time. He was also investigated for allegedly stalking another woman for nearly two years and slashing the tires of her husband’s car.

Chavez later pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor false imprisonment. In addition to probation, he was ordered to enroll in a treatment program for harassment and to stay away from the mall parking lot.

“Harassing behavior like this can lead to tragic results. We commend the victims for reporting these incidents of harassment,” City Attorney Mara W. Elliott said. “We appreciate that they trusted us to take their complaints seriously and hold this serial offender accountable for his bizarre and threatening conduct.”

City News Service contributed to this article.