Last updated October 4, 2021 @ 9:33 PM ET
DOUGLAS COUNTY – A series of threatening letters left in mailboxes in the Brookmont subdivision of Douglasville resulted in charges being filed against a resident of the community.
Terresha Naketta Lucas, 30, faces eight counts of felony terroristic threats after police say residents on Manning Drive began receiving racially-charged notes last December from a person who claimed to be a white male member of the Ku Klux Klan, who threatened to burn down their homes and kill them.
Lucas allegedly described herself as a six-feet-tall white male with a long, red beard who did not live in the neighborhood.
Detectives Nathan Shumaker and Andre Futch investigated the case, which garnered nationwide news coverage after an alarmed resident called CBS-46 news about a note he received.
Police Chief Dr. Gary Sparks said their persistence and dedication were major factors in solving this case.
“Our investigators had the drive to stick with this case and see it all to the end,” Sparks said. “That’s what we’re all about and this reflects the professionalism and integrity of the department”.
“They stayed with it and put in a lot of hours. Even when some people went to the media, which could have hampered our investigation, we still stuck with it to the end,” he added.
A statement from police continued “On December 21, residents of two homes on the street received notes in their mailboxes that Shumaker described as racially-motivated. The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood.”
Shumaker said the notes were dropped in the mailboxes at night and discovered the next day when the victims went to get their mail. Subsequent notes with similar verbiage were placed in residents’ mailboxes on Feb. 17, Feb. 22, March 1, and March 3. After a six-month absence, the final note was placed on Sept. 6.
Shumaker said there were likely more notes written.
After the first couple of notes were received, Shumaker and Futch went door-to-door to check doorbell cameras and gather whatever information they could from the residents. They also walked the neighborhood several times and handed out flyers to residents.
After a thorough investigation, it was determined that the letters originated from Lucas, who turned herself into the Douglas County Jail on September 29.
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