Man From France Accused of Stalking Oklahoman Ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer

KOKH - May 9, 2024 5:39 am

Jose Ryba accused of stalking Oklahoma ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer(Photo-Oklahoma County Detention Center)

A man from France is accused of stalking famous Oklahoman ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

According to an affidavit, Jose Ryba admitted in an interview with police that he arrived in the United States on May 1 with the sole intent of trying to meet Darci Farmer.

On May 2, Darci performed at the Riverwind Casino in Norman, where she and her parents reported seeing Ryba taking photos and leaving a red gift bag for her. ‘

On May 4, officers were dispatched to a security checkpoint where Darci’s father said a suspicious male stalker was trying to get into their gated community.

Police spoke with the guard booth, who said Ryba had requested he be let in to see the Farmer family for 10 minutes.

He left after being denied entry.

The family said they’d been getting calls from a France number two weeks before Darci’s performance at Riverwind.

On May 5, Ryba went to the family’s church to try and meet Darci.

He approached Darci’s mother and asked to speak with Darci, according to the affidavit.

That’s when he was taken into custody by police.

Ryba admitted to paying for Darci’s personal information on the internet, which included family phone numbers and her address.

He said he’d been scammed several times by people impersonating Darci and had lost upwards of $10,000, according to the affidavit.

A protective order has been filed by Darci against Ryba.


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