KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Feb. 27, 2014)– A close friend of Teleka Patrick is speaking out for the first time on-air about where Teleka Patrick may have been going the night she disappeared and her car was found in Indiana.
James Davis was one of the last people to talk to Teleka before she vanished.
Around the time that Teleka Patrick was spotted in the hotel lobby at the Radisson in Kalamazoo, the same time she disappeared, she called and texted long-time friend James Davis in St. Louis.
A search warrant indicates, “The last messages on PATRICK`S phone were between her and DAVIS. The text message discussion was about them trying to get together and meet.”
He feels that she went to the hotel and contacted him previously because she was afraid to go back to her apartment, scared someone was after her.
He said that Teleka wanted him to drive from St. Louis to Kalamazoo to meet her, which he’d done in the past, but this time, he couldn’t because of work.
“I told her I couldn`t get there til the following Tuesday and she got mad at me. She said You`re not taking me seriously and that`s when she got frustrated,” said Davis.
He said he was who she turned to when she was afraid.
“Yes mam, that would be accurate. Me and Teleka, we had a very good friendship,” said Davis. “If I needed something, I would call her. She was a really good friend of mine. So, I always took her for her word. She never lied to me about anything.”
Davis said Teleka hinted that it was a security team after her, inferring it was someone associated with Gospel Singer Marvin Sapp, the man who had taken a restraining order out against her months earlier.
“She was referring to Marvin Sapp`s security or someone….she made it sound like he could have her killed. But, she didn`t say directly Marvin Sapp,” said Davis.
“I know Teleka. She wasn`t going back to that apartment. She was coming to see me,” said David. “She doesn`t know anyone, I`m the closet to her that she would confide in.”
Davis said Teleka had shown him messages before she claimed were from Sapp, although the singer had taken out a restraining order against her.
Davis felt either it was Sapp, or someone was playing a trick on her.
We’ve reached out several times to Marvin Sapp during the search for Teleka, but he hasn’t commented.
Detectives have said that he has cooperated with the investigation and have indicated he is an innocent victim of stalking by Teleka.
“I saw Teleka and someone corresponding with each other as if they could possibly be Marvin Sapp because the things she would talk about was marriage and relationships and church and this is what they are sending me. So, someone was playing a really dirty trick on her.”
Although there has been speculation that Teleka had some sort of mental issues that contributed to her disappearance Davis doesn’t believe it.
“I think something happened to her,” said Davis. “I don`t think that she had an overload and just took off.”