Man accused of threatening amateur radio club members

John Watkins III charged with terroristic threats

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 18 2013 08:10:59 AM CST
John Watkins III
SAN ANTONIO -

Northeast Bexar County resident John Watkins III is accused of making death threats to members of an amateur radio club.

Watkins was arrested on two counts of making a terroristic threat, and booked into jail Saturday.  Records show he has been released after posting $4,000 bond.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, radio club members determined someone was making threats, using racial slurs and creating “white noise,” or static, on the channels that they use for broadcasting.

A club member assigned to investigate it said he tracked the broadcasts to Watkins’ home and confronted him in January, telling him to stop, the affidavit stated.

Club members told investigators with the Bexar County Constable, Precinct 3, that Watkins made another threat over the airwaves the following day, saying he would use an AK 47 assault rifle to kill them, the affidavit stated.

Members had to have deputy constables at their meetings because they feared for their safety, the affidavit stated.

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