A 27-year-old Missoula man faces 71 charges for allegedly sending vulgar, threatening messages to a woman, including telling her he would hit her with his car and shoot her coworkers.
Shane Michael Will is charged with 71 counts of violations of privacy in communications, all but two of which are felonies. He is being held on a $250,000 bail after his initial appearance Friday in Missoula County Justice Court.
Additional charges may be filed as police continue to investigate.
According to a court affidavit, a woman told Missoula police earlier this week that Will – whom she had only met in person a couple of times – had been harassing her for years.
Will allegedly sent the woman messages through Facebook, including telling her he knew where she lived, after which she moved out of town for awhile.
The woman reported that she ignored the messages for the most part, responding only occasionally, but went to police when he began to threaten her and her co-workers. She turned over 80 pages of messages from Will sent since the start of the year, according to the affidavit, including ones from an account under a fictional name.
The messages include vulgar references to Will’s genitals, racial epithets, details about a rifle with a silencer, and the use of crack cocaine.
The messages also discuss having a “bomb strapped to my chest ... threatening everyone in the courtroom," as well as a threat to shoot police, according to the affidavit.
“Do what I say or we all die,” one message reads, followed by threats to stab the woman, hit her with his car, shoot her when she goes to work and kill her coworkers.
Will was arrested Wednesday and allegedly denied sending the woman the messages. He allegedly said he had “no idea” when asked how he knew the woman.