BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A man who claims he is a king is behind bars after investigators say he threatened to have President Trump execute several local officials.
Michael Thomas Curtis, 45, of Clarksville is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Baxter County Detention Center on two counts of first-degree terrorist threatening and one count of threatening a judicial officer or juror.
His arrest Wednesday came after sheriff’s investigators said he emailed threats to Sheriff John Montgomery, former Sheriff Benny Magness, and the Baxter County District Judge.
In the emails, Curtis reportedly referred to himself repeatedly as King Michael Thomas Curtis.
“Most of the emails were harassing in nature and incoherent in content; however, two of them in particular made direct and specific threats to have these three officials or former officials executed,” Sheriff Montgomery stated in a news release Thursday.
Curtis also made several references to President Donald Trump, including giving “orders and directives to the president to have the executions carried out,” Montgomery stated.
It’s believed ex parte orders of protection served on Curtis on Oct. 24 by two people may have prompted the “flurry of emails.” The orders were made permanent on Dec. 7 at a hearing in district court which Curtis reportedly did not attend.
On Dec. 11, a circuit court judge found probable cause to charge Curtis and issued a warrant for his arrest.
He is scheduled to appear in circuit court on Jan. 11 to answer the charges.
Sheriff Montgomery said the U.S. Secret Service assisted in the investigation.