Court: Harassing credit union customer owned more than 30 guns

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 24, 2013 

Herman Wire

A Columbus man made repeated terroristic threats to credit unions employees, including warnings that "heads will roll" and mentions of a vast weapons collection, according to Recorder's Court testimony.

Herman Wire faces one count of terroristic threats. He pleaded not guilty to the charge in court Thursday.

According to court testimony, Wire has been threatening the employees at the TIC Federal Credit Union on 13th Street for several weeks, leaving voice mails that warn of impending violence.

A TIC employee said in court that he has had "circular conversations" with Wire that have "no end."

Once, Wire went into the bathroom and would not leave for an hour.

Wire did not make a statement in court.

Police said in court that the credit union has had to take additional security measures, including hiring off-duty officers, in preparation for Wire's trips to the business. Wire has several accounts at TIC and he has repeatedly alleged that the credit union is "stealing his money."

Wire has allegedly threatened to "kick (the) a--" of a credit union security representative and has called him a "vile dog."

Employees also testified that they have heard Wire boast of owning more than 30 weapons and ammunition is his home.

According to police, Wire recently tried to buy a submachine gun, but was refused by the gun shop.

Wire was previously arrested on Sept. 12 for making terroristic threats. At that time, a firearm was discovered in his vehicle.

He was out on bond for that charge when he appeared in court Thursday.

Judge Michael Cielinski set a $10,000 bond for the terroristic threats. He also ordered an evaluation of Wire's competency.

Related stories:

Coroner: Cameron Massey died of multiple gunshots by Eufaula police

Attempted robbery, assault reported on Cusseta Road Pedestrian Bridge

Police: Passenger's strange behavior triggers discovery of dangerous drugs

Ledger-Enquirer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service