A former Terre Haute resident is in custody amid allegations he threatened Terre Haute city officials on two social network sites, including Facebook and Topix.com.
Thomas W. Arnold, 34, was arrested and preliminarily charged with class D felony charges of stalking and intimidation and one class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement in connection to his alleged involvement in the Terre Haute Police Department investigation that began in early January.
Apparently staying with family members, who recently moved to Clay County, at the time of the alleged incidents, Arnold used a false identity to send threatening messages and e-mails to Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett, Mayoral Assistant Darrel Zech, various THPD officers and their family members.
According to an oral presentation at the initial probable cause hearing before Vigo County Superior Court Division 1 Judge John Roach, investigators reported Arnold became a problem while being questioned about the case at the department. Arnold allegedly whispered, "I'll kill you," to one of the officers and had to be forcibly restrained in a chair.
Officials also informed the court of Arnold's lengthy criminal history in Vigo County, which includes intimidation, residential entry, battery, driving while suspended, driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property, credit card fraud, and identity deception.
Finding probable cause for Arnold's continued incarceration at the Vigo County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) the preliminary charges, Roach informed the prosecutor's office they had until Tuesday, Feb. 22, to file formal charges in the matter.
Attorney Luther T. Garcia was appointed as public defender.
Roach also issued a no contact order against Arnold on behalf of Bennett, Zech and six THPD officers and their household family members.
THPD Sgt. Jason Czupryn told The Brazil Times Thursday, another undisclosed charge could potentially be filed against Arnold at that time stemming from the investigation involving threats at the mayor's office.
"This is an investigation that will be going on for quite a while," Czupryn said.
According to information provided by the Vigo County Jail, Arnold is scheduled to appear for further formal court proceedings in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3 Tuesday.