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Man charged with threatening Raleigh mayor

Posted January 16, 2014

Alec Dane Redner

— A Raleigh man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he threatened Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Alec Dane Redner, 27, of 11024 Brass Kettle Road, was charged with communicating threats and threatening an executive, legal or court officer. He was being held Thursday in the Wake County jail under a $250,000 bond.

According to arrest warrants, Redner on Monday threatened "via web form submission" to "physically injure" McFarlane. It was unclear whether the threat was in an email or an online post.

Court documents outlining his conditions of bail note that he "has (a) history of extreme violent behaviors." His criminal record includes several driving offenses and one charge of assault on an officer or state employee, all in 2010, according to Department of Public Safety records.

Redner was ordered not to contact McFarlane "by any means" if he is released on bail.


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  • miseem Jan 16, 2014

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    And I'm sure no one should be concerned if an email was sent to a local high school stating someone was loading up their guns and heading over. Most people don't email someone they do not know and have no connection with and threaten them because of a political office they occupy or a job they hold. That's completely different from the scenarios you describe. Besides, this guy's history shows this may not be just an idle threat.

  • mafiamic Jan 16, 2014

    What about every arguments in the home when spouses or relatives "Threaten" to do something in the heat of the moment?
    Many people say things when they are angry without knowing,relatives,say it all the time,Athletes say it "We're going to kill you",Crush you,kick your _____",break your arm.
    If that happens just for saying something without actually doing it then the whole country would be in prison.
    Words do not mean harm unless they are carried out.If the mayor or her aides since the mayor and every oilitian does not have control wants to live in a paranoid frame of mind then they are the ones with the problem.

  • 678devilish Jan 16, 2014

    He was wrong and now should absolutely faced his dire consequences.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Jan 16, 2014

    Rut-row! Someone is in trouble!!!

  • anti-Hans Jan 16, 2014

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    So if one gets drunk, they can do whatever they want and not face consequences or repercussions for it? What a great world we live in. Seems to me if he did get drunk he mght be more likely to carry out his threats.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jan 16, 2014

    "on someone who's not a threat"- when he THREATENED someone, then he becomes a "threat". Until he opened his own mouth, or typed as the case may be, he was a nobody, but boy howdy, he managed to get on the news and everything. His family must be proud. Being drunk is no excuse either, a drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts, not to mention he has a record of assault on government officials already. He has no one to blame but himself and his own lack of self control.

  • Lady Justice Jan 16, 2014

    Do you even know what the threat was, and whether he had the ability to carry it out? Maybe there is more to the story than what you read in this article.

  • Mr. Hans Jan 16, 2014

    A man with a history of extreme violence threatens the mayor, and some of you act like it was a joke? smh.

    Thank God the authorities got this guy before he carried out his nefarious deed.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 16, 2014

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    Agreed. This man put himself on a watch list several years ago.

  • ncprr1 Jan 16, 2014

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    What actions? The guy didn't do anything.