An American travel influencer in hiding after she was targeted by an obsessed British stalker has told how police in the UK have seized her tormentor.
Alexandra Saper – who has more than 102,000 Instagram followers as the Wayfaress – says he was arrested after flying back to Britain from Bali.
The former lawyer says she was sent terrifying messages by her stalker, who then flew to the Indonesian island where she lives.
Now, she says, British police have arrested the suspect and confiscated all his electronic data.
Australian and American media have named the man as former traffic management worker Robert James Keating, 38, from West Sussex.
One horrifying image he allegedly sent her showed a suitcase with a human arm hanging out.
But Alexandra told Newsflash today, Wednesday, 8th March: “According to UK police he flew back to the UK on the 6th and was immediately arrested.
“I asked the Bali police and they continue to maintain that he’s under 24/7 surveillance and still in Bali. Obviously someone isn’t being truthful.”
Asked what she thought, Alexandra said: “He is definitely in the UK and was arrested as soon as he landed there.
“He has been released on bail as they hopefully proceed to press charges. They’ve seized his electronics and passport.”
Alexandra had previously told Newsflash in an exclusive interview: “I’ve spoken with the police in the UK who’ve reviewed the evidence — they’ve assured me they take these crimes seriously, and that my particular case is an ‘extreme’ and ‘black and white’ case of ‘stalking with fear of violence,’ and potentially other crimes.
“This is really encouraging. However because the man is currently hiding in Bali, they’ve had to submit the request to Interpol, which will then need the support from the local Bali authorities to arrest and deliver this man back to the UK.
“It’s a process that requires the cooperation of all parties involved. In the meantime, I am waiting, and praying this will be done quickly for everyone’s safety.”
The 31-year-old added: “As for the embassies, I initially contacted the UK Embassy who said it wasn’t their responsibility and I should contact the US Embassy. I never heard from them again.
“I’ve had many communications with the US Embassy and they keep assuring me it’s a priority, and they’ve submitted requests to ‘the highest authorities,’ however this has not led to any results.
“They are limited as to what they can actually do to intervene and offer protection due to jurisdiction, but I hope they will continue to step up and advocate for their citizen.”
Alexandra previously said her stalker “should immediately be detained”.
She added that he should be “deported back to the UK, and arrested on arrival.”
The influencer – also a female empowerment coach – said: ” He will continue to do this to more women, perhaps in other countries, and perhaps with devastating consequences .”
She added: “He has threatened to kidnap me, shove me in a suitcase, tie me up in his Bali villa, and sexually assault/rape me.
“He’s also threatened to have violent sex (and described this in detail in a way that could only be interpreted as rape) with other women while tying me up and forcing me to watch, in order to ‘punish’ me.
“He has made these threats multiple times, in multiple videos and emails.”
Alexandra said it all started when he “found me on Instagram maybe 9 months ago”, adding that he “started sending me weird DMs.”
She added: “I didn’t respond or engage in any conversation with him, and just ignored him… but as soon as they veered from ‘weird’ to blatantly inappropriate, I blocked him.”
But she said that he found her email address and sent her “hundreds of emails that were clearly delusional and obsessive”. She said he also created secret Instagram accounts and recruited people he knew to continue following her on social media and report back to him.
Alexandra said Keating also began following her friends online and monitoring their moves to track her whereabouts.
Alexandra said she knew something was seriously wrong with Keating the moment she blocked him, saying that after she blocked him on Instagram and he began emailing her, “it was obvious there was something seriously off with this guy.”
Alexandra, who is currently at an undisclosed location, said she had to abandon her home “when it became clear that I needed to take my own safety and protection, as well as my mental health, into my own hands”.
She explained: “This was two weeks after he landed in my neighborhood, and I had moved in with a friend, couldn’t go home, couldn’t go anywhere alone, and eventually couldn’t even leave my friend’s house without having panic attacks from fear. The trauma was severe, and I was feeling myself slip into depression.”
Alexandra, who recently shared a video explaining how she had to flee the paradise island after the British stalker travelled there to track her down, had initially reported Keating’s threats to police in Badung Regency on 1st February.