Wilbur Dennis Marr

MORGAN COUNTY, Mo. — A Rocky Mount man is in custody and charged with making a terroristic threat, after authorities say he frightened Morgan County Public Library employees with his behavior.

According to charging documents, Wilbur Dennis Marr, 57, came to the library at around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6 and asked an employee why the flags were being flown at half-staff. When he was told it was for the victims of the El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio shootings, Marr allegedly told her, “If you ask me, Patrick did us a favor,” referencing Patrick Crusius, the alleged El Paso shooter who killed 22 people at a Wal-Mart.

According to the court document, library staff said Marr signed in to a computer there, which he used for about an hour while hissing, mumbling, and whistling to himself, before asking staff why he could not find Crusius’ manifesto online, and then leaving. After Marr left, library staff checked the computer’s Internet history and found Marr had looked exclusively for Crusius’ manifesto and articles about the El Paso shooting. They called law enforcement and requested Marr be given a No Trespass order for the library.

When three Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies showed up at Marr’s house that evening, Marr came to the door but told them he needed to get his false teeth, and mentioned a firearm being present near his false teeth, according to the court document. When he went back inside, a deputy followed him, arrested him, and issued the Order of Trespass, the document stated. Authorities say no one else was found in the home, but two loaded .22 rifles were “seized for safekeeping” from the living room. No other firearms were readily visible, according to the document, but the house was very untidy, with clothing draped across furniture and on the floor and trash scattered throughout. Marr was taken into custody and charged with Class E Felony Making a Terroristic Threat. He is held on a $5,000 bond.

In the complaint filed by the Morgan County Prosecutor’s office, the prosecutor alleged, “the defendant knowingly caused a false fear that a condition involving danger to life existed by entering the Morgan County Public Library and asking why the flags were flying at half-staff, getting a response that it was because of the victims in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, to which the defendant responded by saying, ‘if you ask me Patrick did us a favor’, and the defendant did so with reckless disregard of the risk of causing the evacuation or closure of any portion of the Morgan County Public Library, a building.”

A Class E Felony is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine or imprisonment from one to four years.

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