A Des Moines man was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Thursday in connection with incidents in April and May in which he allegedly threatened to kill a Clive dermatologist and burn down the doctor’s office.
Donald Dean Bartlett, 56, of 5209 S.W. Ninth St., Des Moines, was charged with two counts of first-degree harassment.
According to court records, the alleged harassment began April 3, when Bartlett called the doctor’s office in order to schedule an appointment. He was told there was “an unpaid balance on his account” and he would not be able to make an appointment until the bill was paid.
At this news, Bartlett allegedly “became irate” with the office worker on the phone “and threatened to come to the office, shoot up the place and burn it down,” according to court records.
Bartlett called the doctor’s office some 30 times that day and sent the office “numerous text messages,” in some of which he allegedly threatened to shoot the doctor. One text said, “Yeah burn in hell I’m not letting you get away with murder and me,” according to court records.
The threatening messages were renewed and repeated May 23 and May 24, according to court records.
A warrant for Bartlett’s arrest was ordered April 12 in Dallas County District Court and served May 25. Bartlett is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $4,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for preliminary hearings on June 1 and June 2 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.