Stalker holds woman at gunpoint, then kills himself

By ABBIE VANSICKLE, Times Staff Writer
Published January 24, 2008

TAMPA - In November, a judge ordered Richard H. White to stay away from Aileen F. Collins.

Collins told the court she believed White was trying to kill her. In October, he came to her house dressed in black, wearing gloves, Collins wrote in court records. He had purchased a gun, she wrote. After she told him to leave her alone, he sent her up to 100 text messages a day detailing what outfit she was wearing, she wrote.

On Tuesday night, she called the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office and said White had held her captive for hours and threatened her with a gun.

Hours later, deputies say, White, 36, killed himself at Collins' home as SWAT deputies surrounded the home.

At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff's deputies were called to a condo at 10049 Lake Oak Circle in Tampa.

Collins, 29, said White pushed his way inside her home and held her captive for hours.

He threatened her with a handgun, pointing it at her and at himself, deputies say.

"He was threatening to harm her, threatening to harm himself, mainly himself," said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter.

While captive, Collins got a call to pick up her daughter, and she persuaded White to release her, deputies say.

That's when she called authorities. Investigators say White refused to come out before two gunshots were heard from of the condo, Carter said.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Abbie VanSickle can be reached at vansickle@sptimes.com or 813-226-3373.