Kingsport serial stalker charged with aggravated stalking in Church Hill

Jeff Bobo • Apr 23, 2018 at 5:45 PM

CHURCH HILL — Kingsport's infamous serial stalker Albert Joseph Toronjo was arrested Sunday in Church Hill on two counts of aggravated stalking for allegedly knocking on women's doors repeatedly and asking if they needed him to do work.

It's at least the sixth time since 2014 that Toronjo has been arrested on a stalking-related charge, but this was his first alleged venture into Hawkins County.

Toronjo was just bonded out of the Sullivan County Jail on April 16, where he’d been held on a February aggravated stalking and harassment complaint.

Church Hill Police Department Detective Ethan Mays said Toronjo, 67, 921 Elizabeth St., Kingsport, was identified by a couple who reside at 340 Silver Lake Road who said he knocked on their door several times Saturday and Sunday. They said he also went to other mobile homes in the park.

On Saturday, police said, Toronjo stopped at the victims' residence at about 12:30 p.m. and spoke to the husband, asking if there was any work for him, and he was told no.

The husband reportedly watched Toronjo stop at several other mobile homes in the park, but eventually Toronjo returned and again asked if there was any work he could do.

On Sunday, Toronjo allegedly returned and knocked on the victims’ door again at 10:30 a.m. while the wife was home alone.

The wife reportedly looked out at him and then closed the door. About 15 minutes later, Toronjo knocked again and asked if he could work on her roof.

"The female stated (to Toronjo) that she did not need any work done, and advised him (Toronjo) that he had been by her residence several times the previous day," Mays said. "The female victim further stated that she spoke with a neighbor who said it could be her former brother-in-law, and when the victim looked him up from previous arrests she made a positive identification."

Toronjo was arrested by Kingsport police Sunday night on a CHPD warrant charging him with two counts of aggravated stalking based on a state law that bumps the charge up to a Class E felony punishable by 1-2 years if there has been a previous stalking conviction within the past seven years.

Most recently, Toronjo was arrested on a Feb. 26 complaint in Sullivan County for aggravated stalking and harassment for allegedly calling a previous victim on the telephone.

He was arrested twice for stalking last summer in Kingsport, including one case last August when Toronjo allegedly knocked on the door of a woman he doesn't know and asked if she wanted to sell her car, making her feel concerned for her safety.

Another woman who'd had previous complaints against Toronjo, including sexual advances, told police he also approached her and asked if she wanted to sell her vehicle. Toronjo allegedly wanted to go inside her home and use the phone, at which time the victim reportedly slammed the door in his face and called 911.

In July of 2017, he was charged with aggravated stalking, related to a series of unwanted phone calls to a 62-year-old woman.

Both of his 2017 cases have been bound over to the Sullivan County grand jury, and he is scheduled to appear in Sullivan County Sessions Court Tuesday on the newest Feb. 26 charges.

Since 2014, the Kingsport Police Department has issued Toronjo multiple warnings alleging that he frequently stalks elderly or recently widowed women.

In May 2014, he was arrested for a series of unwelcome visits to the homes of Kingsport women, and then he was arrested again in 2016 for visiting the property of one of his past victims, in violation of his probation.

Toronjo was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, and as of Monday evening remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond. He will appear in Hawkins County Sessions Court again June 19.

In February the Sullivan County District Attorney’ s Office filed a motion to have bond revoked in Toronjo’s cases. A hearing on the matter is expected to occur next month. 

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