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.” The 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.