A man has been arrested after threatening to kill his former boss after they declined a friend request on Facebook.
According to a police report, Caleb Burczyk sent a friend request to Robert Allen Thomas on Christmas Eve.
When Thomas didn’t reply straight away Burczyk, 29, followed up the request with a series of strange and threatening direct messages
One of the messages read “Accept my friend request or I’m going to murder you.”
When there was still no reply two days later Burczyk messaged again, threatening to “come at” Thomas in his truck. he helpfully included a photo of the pickup truck to help Thomas get a sense of what that meant.
Burczyk then sent Thomas a selfie, in which he was wearing a baseball cap and body warmer, with a message warning that Thomas would soon need a new front door.
Shortly after that Burczyk then went around to Thomas’s house and kicked in the front door.
CCTV footage from outside Thomas’s home showed the suspect kicking in the front door wearing the same cap and vest as Burczyk wore in the SnapChat message, reports The Smoking Gun.
The pickup truck parked outside the Thomas family’s property at the time of the incident also matches the one in the photo Burczyk had previously set to Thomas.
Thomas, 39, had previously been a supervisor at GR Energy Services in Willston, North Dakota, a company that maintains oil well equipment.
Burczyk, used to work for Thomas (and Thomas’s brother-in-law) at GR Energy Services. But after both Thomas and his brother-in-law left to work for another firm, Burczyk was laid off. He remains unemployed.
Burczyk has been charged with felony counts of burglary and terrorising. He has pleaded not guilty to the two charges, and is scheduled for an April 20 pretrial conference in District Court.
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