Court: Suspected stalker claims victim is demon possessed

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comApril 10, 2014 

John Loane

A 21-year-old suspected stalker insisted his victim call an exorcist — not the police — when he began hammering her Milgen Road bedroom door erratically, according to court testimony.

John Loane faced aggravated stalking, criminal trespass, possession of marijuana and simple battery charges during a Thursday morning Recorder's Court hearing. The aggravated stalking charge was later reduced to stalking because Loane originally came to the victim's home with her consent.

During a heated argument Wednesday, Loane began hammering the victim's bedroom door, an officer told the court. When she attempted to stop him from causing further damage, he swung at her and yelled that she was possessed by demons.

Terrified, she locked herself in the bedroom while he continued hammering outside. Meanwhile, Loane called a pastor and his mother to help with the possession.

Loane intercepted the victim when she fled her hiding place to call police some time later, the officer said. As Loane wrestled her to the floor, the victim hit speaker phone to allow police to hear their struggle.

Officers said Loane claimed not to have slept for three days. A marijuana cigarette was also found in his pocket during his arrest.

Police say Loane and the victim once lived together at the 300 block Milgen Road apartment. That ended after Loane was charged twice in March 2013 for family violence-related offenses involving the same victim. She later bailed Loane out of jail, in the hopes that he could find mental health assistance, the officer told the court.

Judge Michael Joyner reminded both parties that no contact is permitted between them during Thursday's hearing. He set Loane's bond at $3,250.

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