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Man accused of tracking estranged wife with cell phone zip tied under her car

by Lynn LaRowe | May 19, 2022 at 4:10 p.m.
(Metro Newspaper Service)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A man accused of tracking his estranged wife's movements with a cell phone ziptied beneath her car is facing a stalking charge in Bowie County.

Gerry Wayne Card Jr., 48, and his wife of 22 years separated earlier this year, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by police Detective Tabitha Smith. Card allegedly "began harassing her, following her and creating disturbances around her" in mid-April.

Card allegedly created a disturbance about 8 a.m. May 8 at Domestic Violence Prevention in Texarkana but reportedly had left the scene by the time police arrived. He allegedly called and texted the woman while she was talking with officers.

"She advised that Hooks Police Department advised her to go there when he threatened to kill her and their daughter and to get help with an emergency protective order against Gerry and to also get resources to help with getting a divorce," the affidavit states.

Card allegedly showed up at a restaurant on Richmond Road about 7:45 p.m. May 8, where his estranged wife was having dinner with her daughter and son-in-law. Card allegedly created a verbal disturbance in the restaurant.

A black Android cell phone was discovered ziptied beneath the woman's car by her and her family sometime after Card appeared at the restaurant. The phone allegedly was being used to track the woman's movements via the Life360 application.

A forensic analysis of the phone authorized by a search warrant signed May 10 by 202nd District Judge John Tidwell reportedly showed Card had been using the phone before it was fixed to the undercarriage of his estranged wife's car.

Card allegedly followed his wife from her job at a store on Summerhill Road on May 12. The woman reported that Card had been inside the business staring at her before she left. Card allegedly followed the woman to her home in Hooks and then to the Bi-State Justice Center in downtown Texarkana "where he created a verbal disturbance."

A Texarkana, Arkansas, police officer who stopped Card after he left the Bi-State reported that Card claimed he "only wants to talk to her."

Card has been charged with stalking and faces two to 10 years in prison if convicted. He is free on a $10,000 bond.

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