Threats to census worker could lead to charges

Published 6:22 am Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A 60-year-old man was arrested in rural Austin Friday evening after allegedly threatening to shoot a census worker.

A female census employee, 46, visited the man’s residence in the 5600 block of 220th Street around 9 p.m. Friday, said Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi.

The man allegedly ordered the census worker to leave his property. When she complied and went to a neighbor’s house, the man followed her there and proceeded to tell her that he would shoot her if she did not leave his property, Amazi said.

Amazi said the man fought with deputies when they arrived at about 9:30 p.m. and told them that he never talked to a census employee, nor has he ever spoken with any woman who drives a van.

He is being held in custody pending charges related to making terroristic threats and resisting arrest.

Census employees began door-to-door canvassing nationwide earlier this month. They are charged with visiting the homes of residents who did not mail back the 10-question form before the April deadline.