An Oakdale man was arrested after police say he threatened to kill a man who witnessed an altercation between the man and his girlfriend.
Julius Loren Duke, 23, is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree property damage, which has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Oakdale police were called to a home in the 3500 block of Genevieve Avenue North on Oct. 7 to investigate a reported domestic disturbance.
An officer met with the caller, who said that her boyfriend, Duke, had hit the trunk of her car with a cane and had broken the car’s passenger-side taillight because he was upset that she was leaving him.
As the officer spoke to the woman, a neighbor arrived and reported that Duke had threatened him. He said he had just returned home from work and was sitting outside, talking on his phone, when he heard a “commotion” coming from the woman’s house.
He said Duke came outside and approached his vehicle, screaming epithets at him and yelling, “I know where you live and I’ll [expletive] kill you and shoot you dead,” according to the complaint.
Duke went back inside the house, but came back out a few minutes later and yelled at the neighbor, “Do you know who my uncle is? You’d better look him up, because he is going to come after you,” the man told police.
The neighbor said Duke’s grandmother came over later and apologized for Duke’s actions.
Duke admitted to police that he broke the taillights on his girlfriend’s car and that he had told the neighbor to “go [expletive] himself” because he was upset that the man was “watching him,” according to the complaint.
Duke has been released from custody on his promise to make all future court appearances and on the condition that he have no contact with the victims. He is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the charges Jan. 2 in Washington County District Court.