A Hephzibah man has been arrested in connection to multiple threatening text messages and e-mails to Augusta attorney John Long and his sister.
An incident report states Long took 34-year-old Tyler Barnes’ divorce case but later dropped him as his client because of “major misunderstandings.” Long’s sister Sallie had first suggested her brother to Barnes, who had taken a college class with her.
After dropping the case, Long and his sister began receiving threatening e-mails and text messages from the suspect, according to the report. While filing the police report on Saturday, the attorney said he had received 14 e-mails in the last 24 hours. His sister had received 26 text messages within 15 minutes. In all of the texts, police said Barnes made threats toward John Long and in one text stated he could kill him.
Barnes was booked into the Richmond County jail Monday on two counts of terroristic acts and threats.