Man charged with threatening to shoot Raleigh's mayor

thomasi.mcdonald@newsobserver.comJanuary 17, 2014 

— A North Raleigh man described by authorities as having a “history of extreme violent behaviors” has been charged by police with threatening to shoot the city’s mayor.

Alec Dane Redner, 27, of 11024 Brass Kettle Road, remained in jail Sunday, according to Criminal Justice Center records. He had fled when Raleigh police and Wake County deputies went to his home Wednesday to take him into custody. A Wake County deputy arrested Redner at Six Forks Road and Westbrook Drive about 2 a.m. the next day, according to an online arrest report.

Investigators have accused Redner of sending an email to Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane on Monday that criticized her for making a “joke about the U.S. Constitution” and stated, “Soon you will be on the other end of a barrel … watch out,” according to a search warrant made public late Friday.

He is charged with one felony count of threatening to execute a legal court officer and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats, according to records filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.

The threat was sent to the mayor’s office email address at

“One of the purposes of this website is to allow citizens the opportunity to communicate with Nancy McFarlane, the mayor of Raleigh, through electronic messages,” police Detective B. Huger stated in the search warrant application.

The police searched Redner’s home and seized a silver Toshiba laptop computer, a black HP Notebook and a Dell laptop computer. Investigators also recovered several mobile phones, a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun, a Remington Wingmaster shotgun and a journal, court records show.

Redner, a Minnesota native who also lived in North Dakota before moving to Raleigh, has had entanglements with law enforcement officials in the past.

Wake County Sheriff’s Office officials told investigators that on May 6, 2010, Redner avoided a driving while impaired checkpoint and led deputies on a car chase. When the deputies apprehended Redner, they found an AR-15 assault rifle in his car along with “anti-government documents and literature related to the Aryan Nation,” court records show.

He was convicted of driving while intoxicated, speeding to elude arrest and reckless driving and was sentenced to five months in prison. He was also ordered to undergo a mental health assessment and treatment while in custody, according to the state Department of Correction.

Months before, on Feb. 21, 2010, Redner was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and speeding to elude arrest. He was sentenced to one month in prison, court records show.

Redner told the deputy who arrested him that he is unemployed, but during his court appearance Thursday, he waived his right to a court-appointed attorney, telling Wake County District Court Judge Keith Gregory that he would hire his own legal representation.

Redner has been ordered to have no contact with Mayor McFarlane “by any means,” arrest warrants show.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher and news researcher Peggy Neal contributed to this report.

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