Published: February 3, 2013
Police are trying to figure out why a suspect using his personal e-mail address would contact a Murfreesboro lawyer claiming he had been hired to kill the man.
“On Jan. 25, I was dispatched to a law firm on West Main Street regarding threats,” Officer Larry Maples reported. “(The complainant) stated that he arrived at this office shortly after 10 a.m. and soon after checked his personal and professional e-mail.”
As the lawyer was reading through his inbox, he noticed a message had been sent from an unknown acquaintance to his personal e-mail account.
“Once opened, (the lawyer) read the e-mail and learned it was from an account under a (strange man’s) name,” Maples reported. “The e-mail detailed how (the man) was hired to assassinate (the lawyer) and that his ‘boys are getting more information to track him down.’”
With his real identity readily available for police, the man further explained the lawyer is being monitored because someone wants him dead. The lawyer was also told not to contact police and give detectives any information regarding his identity.
In addition to the e-mail, the lawyer said he is afraid due to “possible language references from a social media account,” Maples reported. Because the lawyer does not live in Murfreesboro, officers advised him to contact the police department with jurisdiction over his home address so that a special watch could be placed there.
Given the fact the alleged assassin did not try to conceal his identity, detectives with both police departments are working together to locate the suspect and determine whether the e-mail was a hoax.