Police: Man stalked woman he met on 6th St, tracked her through social media

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — “You think I deserve this?”, “…just know that I love you”, and “You cannot do s— like this” — these are the kind of messages Austin police say a man sent a woman he’s accused of stalking, for which he has been arrested. 

According to a warrant, Berwans Cyril approached the victim in February at a bar on Sixth Street, where he asked for her number. The victim says she didn’t feel comfortable giving Cyril her number, so she instead gave him her Instagram name. 

Cyril then reportedly began direct messaging her. Police say the messages were conversational at first but then became sexual in nature. 

The victim blocked Cyril from her Instagram and Snapchat accounts.

About two weeks later, according to the warrant, the woman was attending a homecoming party for Houston Tillotson University, where she is a student. Cyril is said to have approached her, grabbed her arm and tried to pull her away from her friends. Although she tried pulling away, Cyril tightened his grip before she finally pulled loose and told security.

Cyril was escorted off the premises.

A few days later, Cyril reportedly went back to the university looking for the victim. His Instagram activity, according to police, backs up this information. A friend of the victim says Cyril interrupted a meeting of one of the deans asking for the victim. An APD officer says the campus security director confirmed that Cyril did this. 

Cyril was removed from campus.

Some time later, the woman was again on Sixth Street, when Cyril came up to her, grabbed her by the arm and told her, “Come here.” The woman said she told him:

“Never grab me again, and stay away from me.”

 She was able to pull away and left the area.

Some days later, the victim was again on Sixth Street with friends, when Cyril appeared.

He reportedly walked up to her, grabbed her by the arms and started pulling her away. In a statement, the woman commented on this incident, saying: “This man found me and grabbed me, and before I even had the chance to get away, he was pulling me like trying to take me somewhere. This night scared me. I don’t feel safe at school or even off-campus.”

During the second Sixth Street incident, the victim’s friend got between Cyril and the victim, but Cyril then allegedly pushed the woman to the ground. She got up, ran for help and nearby officers came to the victim’s aid. Officers were seen on body-worn camera having to “pull Cyril off of [victim].” 

The cameras also reportedly show the man calling the victim his “girlfriend.”

Messages

According to police, Cyril used seven different Instagram profiles to connect with the victim after she had blocked him. In the posts, Cyril allegedly tagged the victim in several of them, referred to her as his wife, told people to follow her account and posted captions putting their names together with hearts.

After the incident at the homecoming party, the victim says she sent Cyril a message asking, “Why were you looking for me today?” Police say the man responded with a video message the next day, saying:

“Listen babe, you can’t be doing this. For real. You cannot do s— like this. Yo, you trying to hurt me for no reason. You think I deserve this?” 

Cyril also reportedly sent the victim messages calling her his wife and asking when she last had sex.

Previous incidents

Berwans Cyril has been involved in 10 Austin Police Department cases since December 23, 2018.

Cases include:

  • an arrest for stalking of a woman at a bakery at the Domain
  • an investigation for sexual assault with an object. This case was suspended by the DA’s office
  • a reported incident of harassing a woman through social media, where police say he tracked her down and boarded the bus she took home. He allegedly grabbed her arms and tried taking her off the bus
  • an arrest from an incident aboard a bus when Cyril was told he couldn’t have a drink. When officers were called, Cyril fought the officers and was taken into custody

Cyril is faces a third-degree felony stalking charge and his bond is set at $25,000.

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