A Blair man was arrested after he allegedly sent a text message to his former employer threatening to “shoot up” the business, according to court documents.
Lane W. Alstadt, 18, is charged with terroristic threats, a Class 3A felony. His bond is set at $25,000 or 10 percent. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 18.
Alstadt was arrested Aug. 10.
According to an arrest affidavit, at approximately 6:20 a.m., Blair police were notified by two employees about a picture text message that one of them had received from Alstadt. The message showed a person holding what appeared to be a Panzer firearm. Written on the bottom of the picture was the word “15 screenshots and I'll shoot up” the business, located in the 2100 block of South 19th Street.
Both employees expressed concerns because Alstadt had been fired the previous day.
Blair police officers and Washington County sheriff's deputies contacted Alstadt at his home in the 1600 block of Nebraska Street.
Alstadt allegedly admitted to sending the text, but said he didn't take the photo. He claimed he received the picture from another person who had gotten it from someone else.
When asked why he sent the photo, Alstadt said he was angry about getting fired. He later claimed he only sent it to the person to tell him about the image. However, according to police, he provided no context with the photo.