A Texas woman being stalked by a former Airbnb guest took to Twitter to share her terrifying story after police were not able to help her.
Alavia Khawaja began renting out an empty room in the apartment she shared with her sister in September.
October 11th, Khawaja locked her bedroom door and had a male friend come over to her apartment before bringing an Airbnb guest inside.
Khawaja rented to Leonard Jackson, 31, someone she says seemed normal, whom she gave her house key and then left her apartment. But, when she returned a few hours later, her home had been ransacked.
She says Jackson broke into her bedroom and destroyed her things, throwing away photos of her male friends and even robbing her of $500.
“I saw my door was cracked open, the lights were on, my closet had been gone through,” Khawaja described to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The cosmetic case where my sister keeps her cash was empty.”
Khawaja was able to get Jackson out of her apartment and call the police, but they told her it would be unlikely that Jackson would be arrested without first admitting to the crime.
When Khawaja contacted Airbnb for support, she was asked by a rep to fill out a conflict resolution form and wait three days to resolve the situation independently. After the time was up, they told her they did not cover cash losses and to start the process over.
Jackson continued to blow up Khawaja’s cell with texts and several messages on Airbnb’s site begging to see her.
“I need you to be my wife one day,” Jackson wrote. The aggressor continued to harass Khawaja, pushing to meet up and asking for a place to stay.
Khawaja contacted detectives again who told her that there was nothing they could do to help her, despite learning Jackson had recently been arrested for harming a child. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Fed up, Khawaja decided to try to get Jackson to confess to the robbery. “I texted Leonard and said I would have considered letting him stay if he hadn’t stolen from me. He said: “I just got out of jail and want to see you,” she explains. Jackson was arrested for drug possession in Dallas before getting bailed out.
“Will you be my wife, Ima show you how much I appreciate you, Ima show you love,… ‘do you got any condoms I can use,” Jackson writes in multiple text messages.
When Khawaja told police Jackson was coming to her apartment, they told her they couldn’t send help until he was actually there. Khawaja parked her car across the street from her complex and waited for Jackson. Upon arrival, he was arrested for trespassing.
Jackson called Khawaja four times from jail, but she felt secure after being told he would remain locked up for a while.
But just a day later, Khawaja got another message from Jackson on Airbnb, after he was set free on bond.
“I asked why someone didn’t let me know, and [a detective] said: “If we called someone every time someone was released, we’d always be on the phone,”‘ Khawaja claims.