Man accused of threatening service rep

Published 10:00 am Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Austin man has been arrested for making terroristic threats that allegedly consisted of death threats as well.

The 29-year-old male subject was taken into custody Monday after threatening a customer service rep for US Bank at a call center in Cincinnati, Ohio. According to Austin police reports, the subject was upset over an overdraft charge even after making a deposit.

The service rep, Roberta Toomey, took the call at around 7:30 a.m. Monday and told police that during the expletive-laden call, the subject threatened to find and kill her. She then transferred the call to a Scott Harper, Toomey’s supervisor, who reported the subject as angry and swearing.

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According to the report, at one point the subject allegedly said, “You better put the Austin branch on notice, because I’m coming to get my money.”

Police then contacted the branch manager at the bank to see if they were aware of the threats.

Austin police attempted to contact the subject at home and eventually went over to his home at 1207 Eighth Street N.W., where taken into custody and interviewed at the Law Enforcement Center, where he acknowledged calling customer service and being very upset, but doesn’t remember making the death threats.

According to the report, the subject told police he was out of work and trying to feed his kids on an unemployment check. At one point he became emotional.

Charges are pending.