Raleigh police say man threatened mayor in a letter

rgallagher@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2014 

— A 27-year-old Wake County man faces a felony charge that accuses him of sending a threatening letter to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Alec Dane Redner was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday on a warrant in which Raleigh police said he mailed a letter in which he threatened “to inflict serious bodily injury” on McFarlane.

No other specifics of the threat were disclosed.

Redner told arresting officers that he is unemployed. The address listed for him in the warrant, 11024 Brass Kettle Road, is listed in Wake County tax records as having a house worth $659,000 on a one-acre lot north of Raleigh.

The property is outside the city, north of Interstate 540, in the Chatsworth subdivision. The records say the house is owned by Barry D. Redner and Deborah A. Singer of High Point.

The charges against the younger Redner are threatening an executive officer, a felony, and communicating threats, a misdemeanor.

Redner was being held in lieu of $250,000 cash bail rather than the common requirement for a bond that can be posted by a bondsman who collects a 15 percent fee.

A magistrate also wrote on the standard release form that, “Def(endant) has history of extreme violent behaviors” and can have “no contact with victim by any means.”

Police alleged the crimes occurred on Jan. 13, indicating the letter was received Monday.

The warrant does not specify whether the letter went to McFarlane’s office or her home.

According to an online arrest report, a Wake County sheriff’s deputy arrested Redner at Six Forks Road and Westbrook Drive.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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