A simple gesture of Pokeman cards from a school bus driver turned into terror for a Greenland family, according to court documents.

Michael Chick, 39, was arrested at his Eliot home Friday and charged with interstate stalking in connection with threats made against the family of the 8-year-old boy he transported to the Greenland Central School, according to United States Attorney Jane E. Young.

According to the complaint obtained by InDepthNH.org, Chick gave the boy Pokemon cards and began asking questions about his family. He then showed up at a Little League baseball game uninvited, which led the boy's parents to change his bus route.

Chick was not deterred and gave the boy two cell phones so they could stay in communication, according to the documents. He also made up a story about a gang that would kill his family unless he took pictures of himself and sent them to him, according to the documents.

The family also discovered that Chick had installed a GPS device on the family car.

Chick remains in prison pending a hearing on August 18.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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