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Man arrested for threatening relatives, law enforcement

Kevin J. Hansford

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

Deputies were sent to an Altha home late Saturday night when a woman locked herself in her bedroom and sent a text message asking for help after her son began acting irrationally.

The woman said she fled from her son when he threatened to kill her. He also told her he would kill any law enforcement officers summoned to the home.

After a relative received the text and contacted the sheriff’s office, deputies arrived at the home in search of Kevin Hansford, 33.

Hansford was found on the southwest portion of the property and taken into custody without incident.

An ambulance was called to the scene for the distraught victim, who feared she was having a heart attack.  It was determined that she was distressed by events that evening which resulted in a panic attack.

When the victim was able to give a statement, she reported that she began noticing a change in Hansford’s behavior six days earlier.  She indicated his actions made her believe he was possibly suffering from bipolar disorder or under the influence of narcotics due to his irrational and aggressive actions.  The arrest report noted that Hansford was known to use methamphetamine in the past.

The victim said that evening she was standing in the kitchen when Hansford approached her with a pellet gun slung over his shoulder.  She said he also had a blunt object in his hand, which she thought to be the handle of an ax or hatchet.

She said he accused her of having inappropriate relationships and called her vulgar names.  He was standing just inches from her when he told her, “It wouldn’t hurt me a bit to kill a parent.”

Fearing for her life, she tried to calm him down without success. He then told her if she tried to contact law enforcement he would “lay them out two at a time” and “there would be dead bodies laying all over the place.”  He also threatened to “beat her brains out” if she called anyone.

She went to her bedroom and locked the door behind her.  Fearing he would break the door down if he heard her talking on the phone, she sent a text.  She said Hansford tried several times to get in the bedroom but never got in.

Deputies learned that Hansford had contacted a relative by phone that evening and was “screaming at the top of his lungs.” Hansford told the relative to come to the house and that it was an emergency.  When asked to explain, he said his phone needed to be fixed.  He added, “You don’t want anyone to die out here.”

After deputies arrived at the residence, the pellet gun and blunt object that Hansford had been carrying around with him earlier was found.

After being taken into custody, Hansford made a threatening comment to a law enforcement officer on the scene who is also a relative by marriage, telling him, “I’ll take care of you.”

Hansford was charged with aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, domestic violence and violation of probation.

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