Marlon Pagtakhan may have done prison time after his 2001 conviction for stalking “Star Trek” actress Jeri Ryan, a celebrity crime that snagged tabloid headlines. But the 32-year-old Burlingame man has yet to stand trial on similar charges that arose six years later, when he allegedly harassed and threatened members of a Hayward wrestling club.
Four years ago, Pagtakhan was sent to a state mental hospital in Napa after a mental evaluation showed he was not competent to stand trial on the latter stalking charges. On Thursday, a re-evaluation of Pagtakhan’s mental state drew the same result — he remains incapable to stand trial.
Crazy or not, officials in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said Friday they will continue to pursue prison time for Pagtakhan. Because of his 2001 stalking conviction, Pagtakhan faces up to 20 years in state prison if found guilty.
Ryan, the sultry actress who starred in “Star Trek: Voyager,” was frightened by Pagtakhan’s creepy emails to the point that she canceled lucrative appearances at “Star Trek” conventions, according to the authors of the book “Whispers of Fear: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Stalks the Stalkers.”
Six years later, Pagtakhan was accused of similarly cyberstalking a professional wrestler in Illinois, as well as six members of a Hayward wrestling club, prosecutors said. On Aug. 11, 2007, he was arrested outside a Hayward wrestling studio following an investigation by Burlingame police of his alleged stalking.
Pagtakhan, who said he worked for a San Francisco moving company, was upset that he was refused admission to the club, cops said. He allegedly sent threatening letters, emails and text messages to the six club members, who were male and female.
Police were called to the club after Pagtakhan allegedly drove to the studio, put two boxing gloves on the hood of his car, and began yelling and challenging studio members to a fight, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.