Alexander Berger of Coconut Creek, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of stalking pro-golfer Morgan Pressel, news sources report. Berger, 25, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of contempt of court and aggravated stalking. A judge set his bail bond at $100,000. So far, no attorney appears to have spoken on Berger’s behalf.
Reports indicate this is not Berger’s first run-in with the law. He was reportedly arrested in 2007 on charges of contempt of court and trespassing. The details of that case were not provided in reports. In 2009, Berger was reportedly arrested for stalking Pressel. Pressel subsequently filed a restraining order against Berger, mandating that he stay at least 500 feet away from her. In 2010 and again in 2012, Berger was again arrested for stalking, sources say, but it is not clear who his purported target was.
Pressel, on the other hand, is a professional golfer. Pressel’s won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Tournament, launching her career; she was only 18 at the time. More recently, Pressel placed on the U.S. Solheim Cup and ranked fourth in the Women’s British Open this past August. Pressel lives in West Boca in the gated community of St. Andrews Country Club.
It is not clear what occurred when Berger stalked Pressel in 2009. This time around, Berger allegedly sent Pressel messages on Twitter on September 20. Then, on Wednesday, Berger allegedly went to St. Andrews Country Club. He told the guard at the gate that he was Pressel’s boyfriend and wanted to visit her, reports say. The guard reportedly called police.
Police arrested Berger at the scene. Berger said that he was working under the direction of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and pro-golfer Jack Nicklaus, sources report. It is not clear whether police are looking into these claims. Police also spoke with Pressel during an investigation. She purportedly said she was not personally acquainted with Berger, but that he had been attempting to initiate contact with her for years.
Many in South Florida find themselves exposed to unwanted attention. Earlier this month, Port St. Lucie Resident John Solomayar was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill and exposed himself to his neighbor, sources report. Solomayar, 60, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail on charges of indecent exposure in public and lewd lascivious behavior. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
Solomayar and the victim are neighbors, reports say. After his arrest, Solomayar reportedly said this type of exchange “is an everyday thing.” It is unclear what the neighborly dispute is about.
On September 9, the victim was carrying out his trash. Solomayar allegedly “walked to the middle of Southwest Airoso Boulevard and took his penis out of his pants… with his hand he shook it at him in a very vulgar manner and shouted, ‘Suck it.'” He also allegedly threatened the neighbor’s life, though it does not appear as though any physical altercation actually took place.
Police later spoke with Solomayar, who allegedly showed signs of inebriation. Solomayar admitted to arguing with the neighbor, but denied exposing his genitals, sources say.