A Chesterton resident was interviewed on Tuesday at the request of a Rhode
Island law enforcement agency after he allegedly made a threat over the
phone to a customer service representative, Chesterton Police said.
According to police, at 11:45 a.m. a CPD detective was contacted by the
Indiana State Police, who advised him that a resident had apparently
threatened an employee of a “home loan center” based in Rhode Island, after
he’d requested to be taken off the business’ mailing list. When given the
opt-out number provided by the customer service rep, the Chesterton resident
was reported to have said, “It’s companies like you that make people go in
to places with guns and shoot people. You will find out what I mean.”
The detective subsequently made contact with the resident, who was “very
apologetic with respect to his rant on the phone,” police said.
The man added that, on hanging up the phone, his mother had told him, “They
will come after ya.”
The man “claims that the Internet described the company as scamming people
and he wanted his e-mail removed and just flew off the handle,” police said.
“He commented that he has no idea where the company was or is and when asked
he advised that he does not own a firearm.” The man also said that he “does
not hold any ill feelings against the person he spoke with.”
The man did say that he went through his trash looking for the phone number
in order to call and apologize but the detective suggested that “he should
not attempt to call them again.”