Court documents: Cincinnati shooter Omar Perez said he was being watched

Cincinnati police named Omar Santa-Perez as the man responsible for the deadly shooting in downtown Cincinnati on Thursday morning.

A plaintiff named Omar Santa-Perez, whose listed North Bend, Ohio, address in court documents is the same searched by police on Thursday, filed two lawsuits in 2017 and 2018 claiming that large organizations “maintained electronic watch” or made “unwarranted intrusion” onto his personal devices, according to court records.


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In December 2017, Santa-Perez filed a suit against NBCUniversal Inc. and TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. He sought $5.1 million in punitive damages claiming NBC Universal harassed him by eavesdropping on his personal electronics and that TD Ameritrade colluded with NBCUniversal to make that happen.

In June 2018, he filed a suit against CNBC Universal Media, LLC and TD Ameritrade in U.S. District Court seeking damages of $3.3 million. He claimed the two businesses “maintained electronic watch on communication devices owned by Plaintiff.”

A magistrate judge recommended that lawsuit be dismissed five days after it was filed.

Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said Thursday that investigators did not know of a motive but that they were looking into “mental health issues” involving Santa-Perez.

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