Thursday, December 15, 2016

Man arrested for phoning in death threats to police

Posted By on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 8:13 PM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested a man, Dec. 14, "after he made threats to kill officers through phone calls to the Emergency Communications 
click to enlarge Robert Williams
Robert Williams
Center," police report.

The SCMPD Emergency Communications Center received "several erratic phone calls on Dec. 13 from an unidentified caller making threats to local law enforcement. In one of the phone calls, the caller threatened to kill officers. Investigators were able to locate the residence where calls were made from," police say.

Robert Williams, 57, was identified as the occupant of the residence, located in the 100 block of Millen Street. Due to the threat on law enforcement, officers conducted surveillance of the home before utilizing SWAT Team members to serve a search warrant on the home. The phone that made the calls was located inside the residence.

Major Richard Zapal, Criminal Investigations Commander said of the arrest, “The job of a police officer is difficult enough today. Now they often worry about their safety. Six Georgia law enforcement officers have been shot in the past two weeks.”

He added, ”Chief Lumpkin and the Command Staff of the SCMPD take any threat to our officers seriously. If anyone makes an overt threat to any of our police officers, we will utilize the necessary resources to bring this person to justice and eliminate the threat to our officers. Police officers are the guardians of our democracy and it is our shared responsibility to make sure they go home safely to their families."

Williams, who police say has a history of terroristic threats, is charged with felony terroristic threats and acts.

About The Author

Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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