Plea to trash computer in threat investigation was felony, Raleigh police say

rgallagher@newsobserver.comFebruary 21, 2014 

Alec Dane Redner: 2/20/2014, at 3301 HAMMOND RD RALEIGH, NC 27603. 6'01", 200. Charged with: OBSTRUCT JUSTICE.

— A letter in which Alec Dane Redner asked his mother to destroy a computer hidden under their house brought a charge of obstructing justice for the man who is accused of sending a threatening email to Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

The letter came to light this week because Redner sent it from the Wake County Jail, where he has been held in lieu of bail since Jan. 16, when he was arrested on a charges of threatening a government official and communicating threats.

It led Raleigh police Detective R.J. Pike to get a search warrant Wednesday to find the computer, and Thursday he obtained an arrest warrant adding the felony charge of obstructing justice.

Mail to and from jail inmates is monitored, and a sheriff’s office investigator spotted the hand-printed letter from Redner, 27, to Deborah A. Singer, with whom he lived in a large home on Brass Kettle Road.

In an arrest warrant pressing the new charge, Pike wrote that Redner obstructed justice “by sending a letter to his mother requesting that she destroy hidden evidence. This offense was done in secrecy and with malice.”

The letter, which has no signature, says that Redner would “visit you through the webcam and ask you a question in CODE.”

“I will ask (DID DAD GET MY LETTER) and if you say yes then I will know you have destroyed it,” the letter says.

Detectives had searched the house on Jan. 15 and seized several computers, but they had not looked beneath it.

That’s where the letter told Singer to find the Toshiba laptop.

An email to McFarlane’s website, nancymcfarlane.com, came on Jan. 13 and accused her of making a “joke about the U.S. Constitution” and stated, “Soon you will be on the other end of a barrel … watch out.”

Police used data about the email address from which the email came to track down the house and Internet service registered to Singer.

Police have said in applying for search warrants that Redner has a history of “violent behaviors” and connections with white supremacist thinking.

The Yahoo account from which the email was sent contains profanity, and the name associated with it was “AntiZionist,” police found.

They got a second search warrant this week for a second Yahoo address they found when examining the computers they found in their first sweep of the house last month.

With bail set at $15,000 for the new charge, Redner’s total bail is now $265,000.

Gallagher: 919-829-4572

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