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Man charged for stalking, harassing ex-girlfriend

By: Brendan Losinski | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published January 14, 2022

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FRASER — A 39-year-old St. Clair Shores man, identified by the Fraser Department of Public Safety as Joseph William Pipia, has been charged for allegedly stalking and harassing an ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

The ex-girlfriend first reported harassment from Pipia in November, telling police that she awoke to find that the tires of her vehicle had been slashed outside the home she shares with her new boyfriend. Although police said a lack of video evidence prevented them from arresting Pipia at that time, at least 16 phone calls and 300 vulgar text messages were allegedly sent by Pipia to either his ex-girlfriend or her new boyfriend. One text message arrived the morning of the tire slashing and said, “good luck driving your car tomorrow,” according to investigators.

Fraser police officers said they began investigating, noting that the calls and texts — which were coming in from a blocked number — continued on a daily basis, even after Pipia was asked to cease. Detectives said they executed a search warrant at Pipia’s St. Clair Shores residence and found evidence of stalking against both the woman and her new boyfriend. Even after the search warrant execution, they said that Pipia would not cease his stalking of both victims.

Pipia had previously been convicted for stalking and aggravated stalking in 2019, aimed at another woman, and was on probation at the time of the alleged harassment of his ex-girlfriend.

On Dec. 20, Fraser detectives presented charges to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, which immediately authorized two counts of aggravated stalking against Pipia, and the warrant for his arrest was signed on the same date. After surveilling Pipia’s home, they arrested him.

Pipia was arraigned at the 39th District Court on Dec. 20 and received a $5,000 cash/surety bond, which he posted. Probation violation charges were also presented against Pipia, for which he was charged. Although Pipia is not permitted to have access to the internet, police said that evidence they collected shows that Pipia used internet-capable devices to conduct his alleged stalking and also used his sister’s internet access to facilitate the continued stalking of both victims. Follow-up search warrants for phones and other devices showing IP addresses were also executed by detectives, and they said these searches confirmed other evidence against Pipia.

At press time, Pipia had not yet retained or been appointed an attorney.

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