Perry man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Adel woman

Benjamin Thomas Ohrtman, 37, of Perry was arrested on a Dallas County warrant Monday on a charge of stalking.

A Perry man was arrested Monday on a Dallas County warrant after allegedly threatening to kill the mother of his child in June via text messages.

Benjamin Thomas Ohrtman, 37, of 1924 Sixth St., Perry, was charged with first-offense stalking.

According to court records, the victim reported June 11 to the Adel Police Department receiving text messages from Ohrtman, allegedly saying “that he would murder her if he could get away with it.”

The victim reported receiving similar messages “over the course of a few months” that made her “feel frightened, intimidated and threatened.”┬áThe messages included Ohrtman’s “stating how much he hates the victim and telling the victim to go kill herself,” according to court records.

The victim to the Adel officers that Ohrtman sent the messages “due to child custody issues,” according to court records.

Ohrtman is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $2,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 16 in Dallas County District Court.

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


  1. Arrest reports don’t always tell the whole story. I am Ben’s father, and I could write a book about all the psychotic things she has done to make Ben’s life miserable, including physical assaults. More than once I had to go pick him up because she was biting, hitting and scratching him. I saw the marks and heard threatening remarks to Ben and me. Halley is always involved in an argument with someone but always plays the victim. She seems to have an unusually influential relationship with the Adel PD. She has a heated argument, which she shares blame for when she wouldn’t allow Ben to see his daughter on Fathers Day, and then she cries to the police and has him arrested. For stalking? It would be harassment, if anything. Those charges are way over the top. How many guys have said they could kill their ex? It’s just a lot of heated talk. Most guys don’t get arrested for it. Every argument goes nuclear with her. I doubt if Ben is the only guy who ever made that comment about that psycho drama queen.


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