A Rochester man is accused of harassing his Rome estranged wife over the past two years with both threatening telephone calls and by having gun magazines sent to her home, according to law enforcement officials.
Police said Christopher R. Aikens, 34, of 80 Brunswick St., Rochester, has been harassing his estranged wife over the past two years while the couple go through a divorce. Police said Aikens would make repeated telephone calls, sometimes with threats and sometimes just hanging up.
Police said Aikens subscribed the woman to gun magazines and had them delivered to her home.
“The harassment continuously got worse, and eventually, she said enough was enough,” said Det. Jeffrey M. Lanigan.
According to Lanigan, the estranged wife moved back to her home in Rome following her separation with Aikens. He said the woman would report the telephone harassment to the police to have the officers get Aikens to stop, but it would continue despite the warnings from police. Lanigan said the estranged wife eventually came forward with the full extent of the ongoing harassment and a full investigation was launched.
Lanigan said Aikens was taken into custody on Thursday in Utica when he left the County Courthouse after a divorce hearing. The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office and the Utica Police Department assisted in taking Aikens into custody.
Aikens is charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor, police stated.
He is scheduled to appear in City Court.