A black woman has been charged with posing as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and allegedly posting notes through neighbors’ doors threatening to kill their children.
Terresha Lucas, 30, has been charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats, according to the Douglasville, Georgia Police Department. Investigators allege that Lucas wrote letters describing herself as a ‘six-feet-tall white male with a long, red beard who did not live in the neighborhood.’
In March, residents of the Brookmont subdivision of Manning Drive in Douglasville, some 23 miles west of Atlanta, began receiving threatening, racist letters in the mail. The notes left on mailboxes last year predominantly targeted black families, with the first batch turning up in late December of last year.
“The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood,” said Detective Nathan Shumaker of the Douglasville Police Department.
“I received one two days ago and I was alarmed at what I read,” one resident told CBS46 News. “The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families, and setting houses on fire.”
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A police investigation was then initiated. “Our investigators had the drive to stick with this case and see it all to the end,” DPD Chief Gary Sparks said. “That’s what we’re all about and this reflects the professionalism and integrity of the department”. No contact information was available for Lucas, with cops in the Atlanta suburb yet to release a mugshot of her.
Officers have yet to share a motive for the crime, and it is unclear if Lucas has retained an attorney. Records posted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office indicate that Lucas was booked into jail.