Threat to shoot post­man probed

Con­way res­i­dent in­dicted in case

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ARKANSAS - LINDA SATTER

A Con­way man was in­dicted this week by a fed­eral grand jury, three weeks af­ter, postal in­spec­tors say, he threat­ened on Face­book to kill his mail­man and then was found with a loaded shot­gun near his front door.

The in­dict­ment charges Fred­er­ick Noel Tay­lor Jr. with threat­en­ing a fed­eral of­fi­cial and mak­ing in­ter­state com­mu­ni­ca­tions of a threat to in­jure some­one.

Tay­lor was ar­rested June 21 at his McNutt Road apart­ment af­ter three U.S. postal in­spec­tors and four uni­formed Con­way po­lice of­fi­cers went there in re­sponse to a re­port about a June 20 Face­book post by “Rick Tay­lor.” Some­one had re­ported the post to Lit­tle Rock po­lice, who for­warded a screen-shot to the postal in­spec­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, the post said, “The mother-f ****** post­man is go­ing to die. He stole my pack­age from the VA and claims it was de­liv­ered. So I’m lay­ing in wait for the piece of s*** to­mor­row and I’m go­ing to shoot the

b **** in the f ****** head.”

Ac­cord­ing to a postal in­spec­tor’s af­fi­davit, the Face­book page was traced to Fred­er­ick Tay­lor at the McNutt Road com­plex. It said agents first talked to Tay­lor’s reg­u­lar let­ter car­rier, who said “he had not heard a com­plaint about any miss­ing pack­ages at the apart­ment com­plex.”

The car­rier, how­ever, rec­og­nized Tay­lor from a pho­to­graph on his Face­book pro­file, and told the in­spec­tors that “every con­tact he has had with the man was pos­i­tive.”

The in­spec­tors, ac­com­pa­nied by Con­way po­lice, then went to Tay­lor’s up­stairs apart­ment and knocked. The af­fi­davit said Tay­lor an­swered, and as soon as the of­fi­cers iden­ti­fied them­selves, he said “he knew why we were there and it was be­cause of a Face­book post he had made.”

The of­fi­cers showed Tay­lor the screen-shot of the Face­book post and he ad­mit­ted he had made it, the af­fi­davit said. It said he was then ar­rested on state charges of ter­ror­is­tic threat­en­ing and “asked if we could get his pants and eye­glasses from his bed­room.”

The af­fi­davit noted that dur­ing a “pro­tec­tive sweep” of the apart­ment be­fore re­triev­ing the items, two

postal in­spec­tors “saw a loaded shot­gun by the door and a com­puter in the liv­ing room.”

While Tay­lor was be­ing in­ter­viewed at the Con­way Po­lice Depart­ment, po­lice ob­tained a search war­rant for the apart­ment, where a Stevens Sav­age .12-gauge shot­gun, five .12-gauge shot­gun shells and a Dell com­puter were seized, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, which was sworn in sup­port of a fed­eral crim­i­nal com­plaint. The com­plaint al­lows sus­pects to be de­tained in fed­eral cus­tody un­til their case can be re­viewed by a fed­eral grand jury.

Mean­while, Tay­lor ap­peared briefly in court June 28, where at the joint re­quest of de­fense at­tor­ney Blake Hen­drix and First As­sis­tant U.S. At­tor­ney Pat Har­ris, U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Joe Volpe or­dered Tay­lor to un­dergo a men­tal ex­am­i­na­tion be­fore the case pro­ceeds fur­ther. Hen­drix said Tay­lor is bipo­lar and di­a­betic.

The af­fi­davit noted that ac­cord­ing to a Con­way po­lice de­tec­tive, some­one else had pre­vi­ously re­ported that Tay­lor posted a threat on Face­book to kill a U.S. con­gress­man.

The de­tec­tive told the postal in­spec­tor that from what he could re­mem­ber, “the threat was vague and the Po­lice Depart­ment just sent out an in­tel­li­gence memo to Con­way po­lice of­fi­cers.”

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