Crime

Man pleads not guilty to sending threatening message to Tacoma mayor

A Fircrest man is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail after he allegedly sent a threatening message to Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland.

Adam Springer, a 41-year-old former U.S. Postal Service worker, pleaded not guilty to malicious harassment Monday and was ordered jailed.

Strickland called police Sept, 16 after logging onto her Facebook account and finding a racially disparaging message from Springer. It included a note that “I’m gunning for you,” court documents state.

The mayor said she was concerned for her safety because the threat coincided with her appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Springer left similar vulgar, threatening messages for a court assistant who dealt with him for a changed court appearance, according to the charging papers.

Police interviewed Springer at his home.

“The defendant indicated that the message was supposed to be private,” court records show.

Springer was arrested Friday. His parents told officers he was going through a difficult divorce and they were worried about his mental health.

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