Man arrested after allegedly threatening Kaufman official
Phil Banker, [email protected]
A spokesperson for the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday the Texas Rangers arrested a Terrell man for making threats against an unnamed county official.
Rangers arrested 56-year-old Nick Morale on Tuesday on a charge of Terroristic Threat; he remains in the Kaufman County Jail pending the posting of $1 million in bond.
According to an arrest affidavit released by Kaufman County Sheriff’s spokesperson Justin Lewis, U.S. Marshals Task Force Officer Eric Wilson received information from the sheriff’s office regarding a threat called in to the Kaufman County Crime Stoppers line.
The caller, who called into the line at approximately 1:43 p.m. Monday, said a certain county official would be the next victim. Sheriff’s officials are not disclosing the name of the official threatened.
Lewis said in the release that Morale is not at this time connected with the Jan. 31 killing of Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, or the March 30 killing of District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia.
“Making threats against persons carry criminal penalties under both state and federal law, with some of those penalties being severe,” Lewis said. “All threats will be taken seriously, investigated, and prosecuted in order to ensure the safety of citizens and our public officials.”