Terrified woman runs into fitness center, says man followed - KCTV5

Terrified woman runs into fitness center, says man followed her for miles

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José Luna-Gonzalez is charged with reckless stalking. José Luna-Gonzalez is charged with reckless stalking.
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

A routine trip turned into a scary experience for a driver in Johnson County.

The staff at a fitness center encountered a terrified young woman Thursday just before 5:30 a.m. after she ran inside looking for help and saying a man had been following her for miles.

"It's been very difficult. I don't know what to do," Danielle Franco said.

She is due with her third child in less than two weeks and yesterday she got a call from José Luna-Gonzalez, the father of her unborn baby boy.

"He said he was with a friend and there was a cop behind him and he took a left turn and he was arrested in Wyandotte, but when I called police they said he was arrested in Overland Park," Franco said.

What Franco has learned since is that Luna-Gonzalez is charged with reckless stalking. He's accused of following a 23-year-old woman for miles as she drove south on Highway 69 and continued to follow her until she stopped for help at a Lifetime Fitness at 138th Street and Metcalf Avenue.

"She got out of the car and was freaked out and ran inside and told employees to call police," said Officer Gary Mason with the Overland Park Police Department.

Franco said the allegations are upsetting, but certainly not surprising. She claims she filed a protection from stalking order against Luna-Gonzalez over the summer when the two were ending their relationship. The order was dismissed, though, when she failed to show for court.

Since then she said she's had no contact with Luna-Gonzalez until recently when he was helping her financially and he was using her car to get to and from work.

With a due date quickly approaching, Franco says she can't worry about Luna-Gonzalez's problems, but she would like to know where her car he was driving at the time ended up.

"It's very stressful, but you gave to keep going. I have two little ones at home and so, if he's there or not, I have to keep going," Franco said.

When KCTV5 last checked, Luna-Gonzalez was being held on a $3,500 bond. If he is released, he can have no contact with the alleged victim.

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