Man charged with criminal contempt, stalking after visiting Ocasio-Cortez's office multiple times

Man charged with criminal contempt, stalking after visiting Ocasio-Cortez's office multiple times
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A New York man has been arrested and charged with criminal contempt after violating an order of protection by visiting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezIllinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen 'Jihad Squad' Trump's calculated climate of fear Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment MORE's (D-N.Y.) district office after being warned against doing so. 

Doula Hashi, 31, was also charged with stalking for three other visits he made to the freshman lawmaker's New York office, according to The New York Daily News. Hashi asked to speak with the congresswoman during each visit and became "violent" when his requests were denied, New York police said. 

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The latest charges were issued Wednesday, about one month after the NYPD arrested Hashi in connection to alleged trespassing at Ocasio-Cortez's Queens office.

Hashi was accused of spraying a fire extinguisher as officers arrived, creating a "cloud condition." Police said later that Hashi never entered Ocasio-Cortez's office. 

Hashi, who was born in Somalia, was arraigned on Thursday, the Daily News noted. His bail was set at $2,500 by Judge Jerry Iannece, who reportedly warned Hashi against coming near Ocasio-Cortez and a pair of her aides again. 

“I’m telling you right now, you make bail, you get out, you go anywhere near these people, anywhere near them, you see me again I will remand you sir, remand you," Iannece said in court, the Daily News reported. “That means if you have a million dollars, a billion dollars, you will not get out of jail. Are we clear? These aren’t things that we take lightly, they’re court orders that we have to abide by.”

The judge also ordered for Hashi to receive a psychiatric evaluation. Hashi's lawyer did not comment on the charges. 

Ocasio-Cortez's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.