Apple granted restraining order against man who twice trespassed on Tim Cook's property

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in General Discussion edited February 2020
Recently unearthed court documents reveal Apple filed for, and received, a temporary restraining order against an "aggressive" stalker who harassed and threatened the safety of CEO Tim Cook and other executives.

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The ordeal started when Rakesh "Rocky" Sharma, 42, called an unspecified Apple executive's phone on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 2019, to leave "disturbing" voice mail messages, according to court documents discovered by OneZero's Dave Gershorn. In subsequent calls to Apple's tech support hotline, Sharma claimed to know where members of the company's executive team live, reports NBC News.

"I don't use ammunition but I know people who do," Sharma said, according to the filing.

The situation escalated on the night of Dec. 4, when the alleged stalker entered a closed gate on Cook's personal property in Palo Alto to deliver champagne and flowers. Shortly after, he tagged Cook in a number of tweets containing "sexualized" and "inappropriate" photos referencing the tech executive.

A second instance of trespassing was recorded on Jan. 15, when Sharma entered Cook's property through the same gate and rang the home's doorbell. Police were called, but the intruder fled the scene before officers arrived. Apple's global security specialist William Burns is on record as detailing the incidents.

Apple's lawyers on Feb. 6 sent an email notifying Sharma that the company would seek a restraining order against him as he failed to heed requests to stop contacting employees and the executive team.

A subsequent TRO was issued ordering Sharma to stay away from Cook, the CEO's property and Apple Park. Requests for a stay away order covering the homes of Apple's executive team, all corporate locations and Apple retail stores were denied for being overly broad. The order expires on March 3, when a hearing is scheduled to take place.

As noted by NBC News, the filing was made available after the Think Computer Foundation sued the Santa Clara County Superior Court to make digitized court documents more readily accessible.
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  • Reply 1 of 36
    cg27cg27 Posts: 134member
    Tim should have his home fully HomeKit enabled, right?  Even with prototype gear since the HomeKit ecosystem is sorely lacking options that are fully capable and compliant.
  • Reply 2 of 36
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 9,633member
    I think this guy is a member here. I would mention his pseudonym but we already know who.
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  • Reply 3 of 36
    Takes a creep to violate someone’s privacy. Tim is a very private man and we should all respect that. Unfortunately there are some nuts out there. 
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  • Reply 4 of 36
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,032member
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  • Reply 5 of 36
    I wonder how many tech executives have this issue with someone stalking them. I bet it’s more than you think.

    Its pretty scary that this sicko got that close to Tim. Too bad Apple Global security doesn’t have a cleaner on staff. That would make the problem “disappear”. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 36
    I wonder how many tech executives have this issue with someone stalking them. I bet it’s more than you think.

    Its pretty scary that this sicko got that close to Tim. Too bad Apple Global security doesn’t have a cleaner on staff. That would make the problem “disappear”. 
    There are a lot of mentally deranged people in California.
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  • Reply 7 of 36
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,820member
    Anilu_777 said:
    Takes a creep to violate someone’s privacy. Tim is a very private man and we should all respect that. Unfortunately there are some nuts out there. 
    The guy is probably suffering from a mental illness.  
    ronnwatto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 36
    I wonder how many tech executives have this issue with someone stalking them. I bet it’s more than you think.

    Its pretty scary that this sicko got that close to Tim. Too bad Apple Global security doesn’t have a cleaner on staff. That would make the problem “disappear”. 
    There are a lot of mentally deranged people in California.
    I do not know what rock you’ve been living under, but people with mental issues not only live everywhere, but most are walking around undiagnosed. (Wink.)
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  • Reply 9 of 36
    If the guy ever commits a felony against Tim Cook I'm sure Apple will help the FBI to successfully find a way to hack into his iPhone to get proof of guilt.
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  • Reply 10 of 36
    sflocal said:
    Anilu_777 said:
    Takes a creep to violate someone’s privacy. Tim is a very private man and we should all respect that. Unfortunately there are some nuts out there. 
    The guy is probably suffering from a mental illness.  
    Too often used as an excuse for wrongdoing. Somebody acts wrong and they hide behind “oh my brain is sick” and get treated like a victim instead of a perpetrator. 

    Mental illness is a real thing. Let’s not take something like this idiot and disrespect those actually suffering by lumping him in with them. 
    mike1elijahgwatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 36
    If the guy ever commits a felony against Tim Cook I'm sure Apple will help the FBI to successfully find a way to hack into his iPhone to get proof of guilt.
    Dumb. 
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  • Reply 12 of 36
    ronnronn Posts: 460member
    sflocal said:
    Anilu_777 said:
    Takes a creep to violate someone’s privacy. Tim is a very private man and we should all respect that. Unfortunately there are some nuts out there. 
    The guy is probably suffering from a mental illness.  
    Too often used as an excuse for wrongdoing. Somebody acts wrong and they hide behind “oh my brain is sick” and get treated like a victim instead of a perpetrator. 

    Mental illness is a real thing. Let’s not take something like this idiot and disrespect those actually suffering by lumping him in with them. 
    This guy clearly has mental health issues. A simple search shows his family members and friends have been worried about him for some time. His rantings are scary and Tim Cook & Apple should make sure he gets nowhere near him and other employees again.
    StrangeDayscaladanian
  • Reply 13 of 36
    If the guy ever commits a felony against Tim Cook I'm sure Apple will help the FBI to successfully find a way to hack into his iPhone to get proof of guilt.
    Okay Rocky. Whatever you say.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 36
    sflocal said:
    Anilu_777 said:
    Takes a creep to violate someone’s privacy. Tim is a very private man and we should all respect that. Unfortunately there are some nuts out there. 
    The guy is probably suffering from a mental illness.  
    Too often used as an excuse for wrongdoing. Somebody acts wrong and they hide behind “oh my brain is sick” and get treated like a victim instead of a perpetrator. 

    Mental illness is a real thing. Let’s not take something like this idiot and disrespect those actually suffering by lumping him in with them. 
    Mental illness as a defense against felony charges is rarely successful. The bar tobe successful with that strategy is very high.
    ronnnetrox
  • Reply 15 of 36
    I wonder how many tech executives have this issue with someone stalking them. I bet it’s more than you think.

    Its pretty scary that this sicko got that close to Tim. Too bad Apple Global security doesn’t have a cleaner on staff. That would make the problem “disappear”. 
    There are a lot of mentally deranged people in California.
    Isn't it more politically correct to say ‘mentally challenged’?  
  • Reply 16 of 36
    Such an individual lives on the attention he gets, restraint orders will only make it more exciting for him.
    Practice learns that he will not go away and police cant do a thing.
    Only an ‘incident’ will stop such a person. 
  • Reply 17 of 36
    PezaPeza Posts: 197member
    People need to find better things to do, but the mentally unstable won’t stop stalking celebs or people regularly in the public’s eye.. I wish they would extend the same courtesy and laws to normal folk, but it doesn’t seem to always be the case.
  • Reply 18 of 36
    So the senior leader ship team for one of the richest companies on the planet doesn’t have 24 x 7 security at their home residence?  And you can just walk through a gate up to the front door of the house?
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  • Reply 19 of 36
    cg27cg27 Posts: 134member
    proto732 said:
    So the senior leader ship team for one of the richest companies on the planet doesn’t have 24 x 7 security at their home residence?  And you can just walk through a gate up to the front door of the house?
    My point exactly with the first post regarding that Tim should at the very least have full HomeKit security enabled, to understand not only who’s at his gate, and then his door, but how effective HomeKit and its approved peripherals are and where things need improvement.  Maybe he already does.
  • Reply 20 of 36
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 1,445member
    lkrupp said:
    I think this guy is a member here. I would mention his pseudonym but we already know who.
    was that a confession? 
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