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Police: Man sends threatening messages to Walmart employee, forcing lockdown

A man is facing charges after police said he threatened to kill a Walmart employee by sending a photo of himself pointing a gun at the store.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 7:21 AM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A man has been arrested after police said he sent threatening messages to a Walmart employee, forcing a lockdown Wednesday night.

An employee at Walmart called 911 to report that she had received threatening messages from a man who she had just broken up with. She told them Samuel F. Ayers sent a text message stating that he was going to kill her and had even sent a photo of him pointing a handgun at the store.

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While she was on the phone with police, she received another message from Ayers stating that he could see the police cars. It was unknown if Ayers was inside the store or if he was in the parking lot.

Several agencies responded and evacuated the area and placed the store on lockdown. The woman was taken to a safe location, according to police.

During the investigation, police determined that Ayers had left the scene.

On Thursday, police found out that Ayers was at a home on Del Rio Drive in Albany. Police saw Ayers leaving the home and followed him to Denny School Road where they made a high-risk traffic stop.

Ayers was taken into custody and was charged with menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct, coercion, and criminal mischief.

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