Calling him a “danger to the public,” a Pulaski County judge denied bond Thursday for a man said to have a history of stalking.
Circuit Court Judge Marcus Long Jr. said the only way he would consider setting a bond for Perry Dean Reese, 52, of Dublin would be through home electronic monitoring. However, he pointed out that isn’t even a fail-proof method of monitoring Reese’s movements since global positioning (GPS) ankle bracelets can be cut off.
“I think he’s a danger to the public – especially this lady,” Judge Long said of Reese. Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Reese has an “obsession” with the woman to which the judge was referring.
Although the charges for which Reese is jailed do not specifically relate to the woman in question, Fleenor said they originated from an incident in which Reese allegedly was trespassing at the apartment complex where she lives. He contends Reese went there with intentions of setting fire to her car.
According to Fleenor, Reese fled from Carriage Hill Apartments when police arrived on the scene Aug. 23. He alleged Reese reached speeds of 50 miles per hour in the complex parking lot and 80 or more on Alum Spring Road.
Fleenor said police broke off their pursuit of Reese for safety reasons, but discovered Reese’s vehicle struck a pole and ran down an embankment after the pursuit ended. Reese allegedly fled the scene on foot after the wreck. A tracking dog followed a scent for a while and then lost the trail, Fleenor added.
Police later returned to the apartment complex and discovered a strong smell of gasoline or lighter fluid inside a car belonging to the woman in question, according to Fleenor. He alleged police also found a number of burned out matches on top of the car and inside.
Fleenor told the judge Reese has a criminal history dating back to 2005 with the “vast majority” of the charges and convictions “related to what would best be described as an obsession with a female he was dating.” He said Reese has been charged with stalking 10 times since 2006 and has four convictions for violation of a protective order.
Although those issues were resolved in 2009, after Reese served 90 days in jail and received inpatient treatment, Fleenor said the latest incident “seems like déjà vu” of what occurred in the past. Reese recently told a lower court judge he is an alcoholic and has bipolar disorder, Fleenor told Judge Long.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy and ability to function. Left untreated, those with the disorder cycle between manic and depressive phases.
Attorney Spencer Rygas, who was representing Reese on the bond matter, said Reese and the woman who was the subject of the earlier incidents have had a three-year relationship since 2009. “She’s part of this and remains part of this,” he told the judge, adding that the woman tried to bond Reese out of jail the last time he was arrested.
Long wondered whether Reese tried to set the woman’s car on fire the last time or whether she tried to bond him out this time. “I just wonder what kind of relationship that would be?” he said.
Rygas expressed concern that Reese will lose his job if not released on bond. He said Reese is willing to abide by whatever conditions the judge stipulates for his release, including voluntarily surrendering his driver’s license so he can’t go to the woman’s residence.
The judge said Reese apparently didn’t have good intentions when he went to the woman’s apartment in August or he wouldn’t have fled the scene the way he did. He said Reese put himself, the police and others in danger when he fled the scene.
“This really, really concerns me. He’s an alcoholic and bipolar and he has some kind of fixation on her,” said Long.
As for concerns about Reese’s employment, Long said he is sorry “but these alleged facts didn’t happen by accident.” He said he has to consider public safety.