MAN ARRESTED FOR MAKING THREATS AGAINST THREE OFFICIALS
A Clarksville, Arkansas man has been arrested on felony charges after making threats by email to have Sheriff Montgomery, former Sheriff Benny Magness, and the Baxter County District Judge executed.
MICHAEL THOMAS CURTIS of Clarksville, Arkansas was served in Clarksville on October 24th with Ex Parte Orders of Protection obtained against him in Baxter County by two members or former members of his family. This action prompted MICHAEL CURTIS to send a flurry of emails to the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office. In these emails, MICHAEL CURTIS referred to himself repeatedly as KING MICHAEL THOMAS CURTIS. Most of the emails were harassing in nature and incoherent in content, however two of them in particular made direct and specific threats to have these three officials or former officials executed. These emails also referred many times to President Donald Trump, with “KING” MICHAEL giving orders and directives to the President to have the executions carried out.
The Orders of Protection were made permanent at a hearing in District Court on Friday, December 7th, at which hearing MICHAEL CURTIS did not appear.
Baxter County Sheriff’s Investigators applied for and obtained a warrant for the arrest of MICHAEL THOMAS CURTIS, which was issued by the Circuit Court on December 11th. A copy of the warrant was sent to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Clarksville with a request to assist in taking MICHAEL CURTIS into custody. CURTIS was arrested in Clarksville the same day, and he was picked up and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center yesterday, December 12th, where he was incarcerated on charges of:
Terroristic Threatening in the First Degree (2 counts) – Felonies
Threatening a Judicial Officer or Juror – Felony
CURTIS is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on January 11, 2019.
The United States Secret Service was provided with all the information in this matter and assisted with the investigation.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff