Post Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:53 pm

Man poses as both female victim and male suspect

Wow, sounds like an Abbott & Costello skit :shock: He needs help. ... 4a885.html

Man poses as both female victim and male suspect

By Margaret Gibbons Staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 5:00 am

A New Jersey man, fixated on a female Lower Moreland police sergeant, pretended that he was a female stalking victim and also reported himself as the stalker in order to have continued contact with the sergeant.

“This is a really bizarre case,” said Montgomery County District Attorney Cara McMenamin, noting that Carlton Griggs used various electronic methods to hide the fact that he was posing both as the victim and suspect.

“Clearly someone who goes to such lengths is very disturbed,” said McMenamin.

“We will be closely watching him over the next four years because he could be a ticking time bomb.”

Griggs, 28, of Mantua, N.J., received a four-year probation sentence Monday after pleading guilty in Montgomery County Court to charges of lying to police, misleading police and harassment.

A condition of his bail is that he must undergo a psychiatric evaluation and comply with any recommendations stemming from that evaluation. He also must pay a $200 fine plus court costs.

In addition, Griggs is barred from having any contact, including by social electronic media, with the sergeant.

The police sergeant on May 4 received a call from Griggs, posing as a woman who identified herself as Kristine Ardin, 31, of Baltimore, Md., and reported that she was being harassed by a man living at an undisclosed location in Lower Moreland.

Ardin told the sergeant she had met the man, whom she identified as Carlton Hall, some three weeks earlier on the Internet and that they had electronically chatted several times. When Hall began asking her questions of a sexual nature, Ardin said she told him she did not want any future contact with him.

Somehow, Hall found her phone number and began calling her several times a day, Ardin reported to police.

The police sergeant, given a phone number for Hall from Ardin, contacted Hall and warned him not to phone, text or email Ardin again or he would be charged with harassment.

Hall, who was also really Griggs, at that time told the sergeant he was living with a friend in Lower Moreland but hung up when the sergeant asked for that friend’s address. A records check revealed that there was no Pennsylvania driver’s license in Hall’s name and that Hall’s phone number was unpublished.

Hall later called back the sergeant, apologizing for hanging up on her. He continued to decline to give the friend’s address, explaining he did not want the friend to know about the matter.

Hall then said he had contacted Ardin twice that day after receiving the warning by the sergeant and that Ardin said she would not press charges against Hall if he got help. The sergeant responded that he should just stop communicating with Ardin and no charges would be filed, but Hall said he did not know whether he could do that.

Hall told the sergeant that he had been in similar situations with other women and that he thought he might need counseling but that he had no health insurance.

Hall — posing as Ardin — contacted the sergeant on May 13 to report that Hall continued to call her.

When the sergeant came into work on May 18, there was a voice mail message from Hall asking to speak with her.

Before contacting Hall, the sergeant called Ardin, who told the sergeant that she was becoming concerned about her safety.

During their ongoing investigation of the case, Lower Moreland authorities learned that the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and the Plainfield, N.J., police department were investigating similar harassment cases involving someone named Carlton.

A female Burlington detective sergeant told Lower Moreland police that their suspect might actually be Carlton Griggs. He was the focus of several investigations in New Jersey in which he stalked and harassed women including female police officers, the Burlington officer said.

In some cases, the Burlington officer said, Griggs posed both as victim and as the suspect, using an electronic device that can change voices to sound like someone of the opposite sex.

Continuing their investigation, Lower Moreland police learned that Ardin had given them a bogus address for herself and the phone that Ardin was using was taken out for a “Kristen Smith” and was paid for by Carlton Griggs.

Hall came to the Lower Moreland police department at about 10 p.m. June 16 to give a statement confessing to harassing Ardin.

Confronted with the information police had garnered in their investigation, Hall admitted that his real name was Carlton Griggs and that he had also posed as Ardin.

Griggs told police that he met the female police sergeant at a convenience store in April 2011 and made up the Ardin story so that he could contact the sergeant. He admitted using a computer search in an attempt to find out personal information on the police sergeant.