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Lexington man arrested after threats to police in Texas, Michigan

Raynel Lamar White.
Raynel Lamar White. Fayette County jail

A Lexington man was arrested Wednesday after police departments in Texas and Michigan received threats by telephone.

Raynel Lamar White, 30, is charged with two counts of terroristic threatening and three counts of harassing communications, according to court documents. The charges came after threats were made to police departments in Houston, San Antonio and West Bloomfield, Mich.

Those departments contacted Lexington police after tracing the calls to White’s phone number, according to court documents.

Houston police said a man had called its dispatch center repeatedly over the past week, causing “annoyance and alarm,” according to court documents. The man told a dispatcher, “You are going to learn the hard way,” made references to police being killed in Dallas and then shouted that “no white person was safe,” Houston police said.

The San Antonio Police Department received multiple calls from a man who said he wanted to apply to become a “KKK” officer and later asked to speak to Jim Crow, according to court documents.

Lexington police were contacted Wednesday by a sergeant from the West Bloomfield Police Department who said a man had called and threatened to kill officers, according to court documents.

The man “began to rant that he sympathized with the police murders which occurred in Dallas,” according to court documents. The caller would only identify himself as “anti-white.”

In an interview with investigators in Lexington, White told an officer he’d been angered by events he’d seen recently in the news about shootings by police, according to court documents.

White admitted to calling police departments to shout and curse at them, but he said he hadn’t threatened to harm anyone, according to court documents.

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