Fired Lexington city employee threatened to ambush former coworkers, court documents say

Marshawn Cowan
Marshawn Cowan

A former Lexington waste management employee has been arrested for sending text messages to friends threatening to “ambush” city workers.

Marshawn Cowan, 37, of Shropshire Avenue, was charged with making terroristic threats after sending messages to friends that included the following language, according to Fayette County District Court documents: Cowan intended to “ambush these n***as” and “This sh*t is not going to go unpunished the ground will shake underneath they feet.”

“He continued in another text stating he may never see other loved ones again,” the arrest warrant said.

Cowan pleaded not guilty Wednesday, WKYT reported. He was released on $275 bail. He was fired from the city’s Civil Service Commission on Sept. 7.

“The city notified police and waste management employees,” city spokeswoman Susan Straub said. “Police have assigned officers today to provide security at Waste Management Offices.”

Fernando Alfonso III: 859-231-1324, @fernalfonso