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Ind. man arrested after stalking officer, telling others to booby trap cops

Police said Christopher Sutton suggested hiding boards with exposed nails and animal traps in thick grass and asked for videos of officers being injured


Pharos-Tribune

KOKOMO, Ind. — A Russiaville man was arrested after allegedly encouraging Facebook friends to rig traps in their yards to injure Kokomo Police officers, states a press release from the Kokomo Police Department.

Christopher Sutton, 44, was arrested on a warrant for stalking, a level 5 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, and harassment, a class B misdemeanor.

Christopher Sutton (Photo/Kokomo Police)
Christopher Sutton (Photo/Kokomo Police)

On April 6, officers were notified of possible threats being made against them on social media, according to the press release, which went on to say investigation revealed Sutton allegedly made the threats.

On April 4, Sutton allegedly encouraged his friends and followers to “booby trap” their yards to injure officers, and specifically a Kokomo police officer, when they come onto their property. Specifically, the release says, he suggested hiding boards with exposed nails and animal traps in thick grass.

Sutton allegedly asked for videos of officers being injured, the press release says

The officer he directed the threat toward is assigned to the Code Enforcement Division of the Kokomo Police Department. Her duties include, but are not limited to, the enforcement of Kokomo ordinances within city limits, such as tagging and towing vehicles identified as abandoned by city code.

The press release states documentation exists indicating Sutton had allegedly been stalking that officer since 2014. In October 2014, the officer conducted a traffic stop on Sutton as he allegedly followed her at the completion of her shift. He was issued multiple traffic citations and plead guilty to the infractions.

Sutton turned himself in at the Howard County Jail on April 7.

Sutton’s attorney did not return a call to comment for this story.

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©2017 the Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, Ind.)

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