File under Reasons We Don't Make Idle Chit-Chat with Strangers in Gyms or Grocery Store Lines: A Palo Alto man has been arrested in the harassment of a San Rafael man and his family via telephone and internet. 47-year-old John Singleton, who met the man at a San Francisco gym, struck up some kind of friendship over a shared occupation in real estate, and proceeded to have some kind of psycho falling out. The unidentified man and his family have been terrorized for several years, installing a new security system in their home and fearing for their lives, as Singleton proceeded to stalk and threaten them, often using computers and free internet access at the Palo Alto Apple Store.

Singleton is being held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of stalking and harassment. He'll be arraigned today. [Palo Alto Online]