A Baxter man, formerly of Smithville, was arrested Monday after calling the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department and making threatening remarks to a correctional officer.
Brian Roberts of Hamer's Street, Baxter is charged with retaliation of a past action, which is a Class E felony, for making threats against law enforcement officers.
Sheriff Patrick Ray says at around 1:50 a.m. Monday (today) one of the correctional officers at the jail received a call from someone wanting to know the officer's name. Sheriff Ray says the caller threatened the officer, saying he was a \"dead man\". The caller also made threats against other members of the department, saying he would be \"waiting to kill them when they get off from work.\"
After making the threats the caller hung up.
Sheriff Ray says members of the department immediately contacted him and he began an investigation. Sheriff Ray says \" We traced the call through the phone company and found out where the call came from.\"
The call originated from a residence on the Old Bildad Road in DeKalb County, but Roberts, who had made the call, had left by the time officers arrived.
Roberts was later arrested by Putnam and DeKalb County authorities at his Baxter home and charged in the case. He is currently under a $50,000 bond.
Sheriff Ray says Roberts, who formerly lived on Midway Road in DeKalb County, has been in trouble with the law before on various charges and is currently listed on the state's sex offender registry.