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Suspect charged with making terrorist threats


Fired Marion worker accused of saying he would ‘shoot the place up’

Cassidy A. Schmidt, 42, Marion, is charged with making terrorist threats, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, Marion Body Works notified Marion Police Chief Kevin Schultz that Schmidt told the wife of a co-worker that he felt he “should just put on his black jacket and go shoot the place up, according to the criminal complaint.

Schmidt had been terminated earlier that morning.

The co-worker said he did not believe that Schmidt did would actually do anything.

Because Schmidt lives near the plant, Schultz parked near his home to conduct surveillance before questioning Schmidt about the incident.

In the criminal complaint, Schultz reported that Schmidt “began to talk to me and his words were slurred and I could tell he was intoxicated.”

Although he denied making threats against Marion Body Works, Schmidt told Schultz to arrest him.

Schmidt “put his arms out towards me with his wrists together for me to handcuff him,” Schultz noted in the complaint.

Schmidt reportedly said he had weapons in a secure location, but did not divulge where they were.

When asked about his comment regarding the “black jacket,” Schmidt said he had a flak jacket with bullet-proof materials, the complaint says.

While Schmidt was sitting on his bed, Schultz walked out of the house and called the woman who initially reported the threatening comments.

She told Schultz she reported the comments because she had not wanted something to happen at the place where her husband works if she could prevent it. She did not know if Schmidt would do anything and did not know if he owned any guns.

Schultz then returned inside and told Schmidt he would be arrested because the accusations were credible and such threats were not taken lightly.

Schmidt again denied making any threats and reportedly told the officers that they would need to tase or shoot him. He then made a comment about killing the officers and asked if they would like to see how mean he could be, the complaint says.

Schultz, with the assistance of two other officers, managed to handcuff Schmidt and place him in a squad car.

A preliminary breath test indicated Schmidt had a 0.39 blood-alcohol level.

He was released from custody after posting a $1,000 cash bond.

Schmidt is scheduled for an adjourned initial court appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

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