Accused 'Mud Island stalker' is now behind bars

Michael Ardoin / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail
Michael Ardoin / Courtesy of Shelby County Jail

(WMC-TV) – An alleged stalker that left Mud Island residents on edge is behind bars.

For months, people in Greenbelt Park have felt uneasy in the area due to a man reported to have been hiding in the bushes and jumping out at people as they ran past him.

Police arrested Michael Ardoin, 35, for frightening the joggers and walkers.

According to his arrest report, Ardoin has been a problem in the Mud Island area for months.

Once police detained him, they discovered he should have never been in Greenbelt Park. He was banned from the property in November after another resident accused him of stalking her. She filed an order of protection.

Witnesses to the arrest Thursday posted his picture on Facebook to let everyone know that he is no longer a threat.

"It makes me feel good to know that I'm safe and that people are looking out for each other," said

Ardoin is charged with an aggravated stalking, which is a felony that could land him behind bars.

He is due in court on May 29.

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