Facebook CEO Gets Restraining Order Against Stalker

Facebook's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against stalker Pradeep Manukonda, who has been seeking money for his financially troubled family.

Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has obtained a restraining order against stalker Pradeep Manukonda, who has been seeking money for his financially troubled family.

TMZ first reported that Manukonda has been trying to “follow, surveil and contact” the CEO, his girlfriend Priscilla Chan and sister Randi Zuckerberg, showing up at Zuckerberg’s home and office. A judge has ordered the stalker to remain at least 300 feet away from the three, pending a hearing later this month.

The 31-year-old stalker had received a verbal warning from local police after security caught him about to walk up the front steps to Zuckerberg’s home January 24. Manukonda sent flowers and a hand-written letter to the CEO’s home on January 28.

Manukonda’s profile on the social network has either been hidden or removed, but he had been writing to the CEO and his sister via Facebook; below is one such message to Randi Zuckerberg that TMZ had first published.

None of the reports about the stalker have revealed any specifics about his financial troubles nor why he decided Facebook’s CEO could help. Readers, if you had to guess the specific nature of Manukonda’s troubles and why he pursued Zuckerberg for help — what do you think is the story behind this story?