Drunken detainee threatens to decapitate Perry police officers

Jeremiah Mathew Messner, 28, of Perry was arrested Thursday night on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

A Denver man was arrested early Saturday when he was found allegedly “staggering around” in public with “a bottle in his hand,” and he compounded his offense when he threatened to cut of the heads of officers of the Perry Police Department.

Jeremiah Mathew Messner, 28, of 1900 Willow St., Denver Colorado, was charged with public intoxication and two counts of first-degree harassment.

The incident began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a caller to the Perry Police Department reported “an intoxicated male staggering around” and “looking into windows” of a building in the Perry Industrial Park, according to court records.

The caller said the staggering man “appeared to have a bottle in his hand.”

Officers responded, made contact with Messner and arrested him on a charge of public intoxication.

According to court records, while being booked at the Perry Police Department office at 908 Willis Ave., Messner allegedly “made multiple comments to officers that he was going to cut their heads off” and said he would “spend his time in jail thinking of ways he could cut their heads off.”

Messner’s threats to behead the peace officers led to the filing of additional charges of two counts of first-degree harassment.

Messner is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for arraignment March 20 in Dallas County District Court.

Messner was convicted of disorderly conduct in 2017 in Dallas County District Court. He was arrested on a charge of first-offense OWI Dec. 25, 2019, and is scheduled for trial March 23 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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