Runnels man charged with stalking, harassing ex-wife’s lawyer

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Lukas James Schroeder, 41, of Runnels was arrested Monday on charges of first-offense stalking and two counts of first-degree harassment.

A Runnels man was arrested Monday after allegedly terrorizing his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer by email for four months.

Lukas James Schroeder, 41, of 2150 S.E. 116th St., Runnels, was charged with first-offense stalking and two counts of first-degree harassment.

According to court records, an officer of the Urbandale Police Department met April 25 with the victim, who is an attorney representing Schroeder’s ex-wife.

Between Dec. 27, 2021, and April 25, 2022, Schroeder allegedly sent the victim “several threatening e-mails which threat bodily harm against the victim” and that also “threatened his death,” according to court records.

Schroeder allegedly engaged in “a course of conduct” against the victim that was “terrorizing, intimidating, threatening and placing fear in him of bodily harm or death,” according to court records.

One of the emails said, “I will beat your ass and find you out in public, I promise you, when our divorce is over,” according to court records.¬†Another email said, “Don’t make me put a hit out on you with my friends. You’ll be very sorry.”

Schroeder also allegedly threatened to visit the victim’s workplace, writing in an email, “Also if you try and charge me for all this communication, I’ll personally visit your office, or some of my boys will to have that payment waivered,” and “Oh, and remember if you ever send me a bill, I’ll personally come into your office and straighten it out.”

In an April 21 email, Schroeder allegedly wrote, “Very respectfully. I want to really punch you hard,” and “It literally took everything I had not to knock you the fuck out.”

The victim also indicated his concern about Schroder’s “being former military and having access to several firearms,” according to court records.

Schroeder is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing May 5 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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