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An Alexander County inmate is charged with sending a letter that threatened to blow up three Alexander County Schools earlier this month.

Sadarius Trumane Douglas, 24 is charged with three counts of threat of mass violence on educational property and one count of making a threat of a destructive device, according to a release from the Alexander County Sheriff’s Office.

Douglas was issued a $150,000 secured bond.

In addition to threatening the schools, the letter also included a threat to blow up the prison, according to the release.

The sheriff’s office first became aware of the letter, which was sent to N.C. Prisoner Legal Services in Raleigh, on Nov. 15, according to the release.

The letter included the return address of an inmate, who was interviewed three times. However, a DNA test performed on the envelope at the N.C. State Crime Lab was a match for Douglas, who was not the original suspect. 

The sheriff’s office, with the help of state probation officers and the Taylorsville Police Department, stepped up security at schools as a precaution after they became aware of the letter.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the release. Alexander County Sheriff Chris Bowman said last week that the State Bureau of Investigation and N.C. Department of Public Safety assisted with the investigation.

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

Hickory Daily Record city reporter Email: kgriffin@hickoryrecord.com

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