Police: Man repeatedly threatened ex-girlfriend, took knife to her job
Mar 09, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A man who had been sending threatening messages to his ex-girlfriend after she ended their relationship last week was found at her job on Wednesday with a knife in his backpack, according to court records.
Thomas Morris, 41, of Emmaus, was arrested by Salisbury Township police Wednesday after they were dispatched to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where the ex-girlfriend worked, according to court records. Hospital security had been told by Jamie Schnur that Morris showed up at the hospital, and she was concerned because of he had been harassing her recently, according to court records.
According to a criminal complaint:
Hospital security ordered Morris to leave and followed him to a bus stop. When Schnur ended her shift she had security escort her to her car and Morris was waiting there, so police were called.
Police talked to Morris and detected alcohol on him. Morris became agitated as he talked to police and began arguing and refused to calm down. Police placed him under arrest, but he tried to pull away and struggled with police as they cuffed him.
At the police station, Morris complained of being injured and was taken to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, leaving his backpack behind. Police searched his backpack and found a 5-inch serrated knife inside. Schnur then got a protection-from-abuse order against Morris.
A police investigation found Morris left 34 harassing and threatening text messages on Schnur's cellphone and 40 more voice messages on her home phone in less than 10 hours starting on March 1 going into the next day.
Morris then went to her home on March 2 and banged on her door until police were called to take him away. He continued to call and text Schnur until she changed her cellphone number and disconnected her home phone. After he couldn't call her, he went to her job on Wednesday.
Morris was charged with stalking, terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, defiant trespassing and public drunkenness. He was arraigned before District Judge Wayne Maura and sent to Lehigh County Prison under $82,500 bail.
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