Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

Queer man accused of threats, stalking sent to mental hospital

Demarus Allen-Batieste (Photo:

Demarus Allen-Batieste (Photo:

A queer East Bay man accused of stalking and threatening to kill a former mentor has been sent to a California mental hospital.

Demarus Allen-Batieste, 30, of Hercules, California, was committed Wednesday, June 7 to Napa State Hospital for up to five years.

According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Allen-Batieste had been “a gifted student” at the Zurich Symphony, but he was expelled from the program after he developed a “serious mental illness.”

He then “started stalking” a female mentor he’d met at the symphony “and threatened her with multiple vile emails,” Wagstaffe said. “The emails included threats to kill the victim and numerous delusional threats” to her.

In August 2015, Allen-Batieste, who once told the Bay Area Reporter that he hasn’t “done anything illegal,” entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Last week, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Donald Ayoob was advised that Allen-Batieste hadn’t cooperated with a doctor who’d tried to interview him to determine where he should be placed.

Ayoob remanded Allen-Batieste into custody and committed him to the hospital. He also authorized doctors to involuntarily medicate Allen-Batieste “as medically needed,” Wagstaffe said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, June 15, 2017 @ 3:37 pm PST
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