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Man who allegedly threatened to kill coworkers in a voicemail charged with felony months later

The alleged incident took place on April 4, 2020.

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WINDOM — Twenty-one months after a pork production facility went into lockdown due to a shooting threat, 54-year-old Fulda resident Gerardo Rodriguez was issued a summons on a felony count of terroristic threats.

In April 2020, a Windom police officer responded to a call at Prime Pork in the city of Windom, which was on lockdown because of a reported threat. Upon arrival at the scene, the officer spoke with the safety director at Prime Pork. The safety director stated that Rodriguez, an employee at the time, had left a voicemail on the floor supervisor's phone the night before.

The voicemail was left in Spanish and was translated for the officers. In the message, Rodriguez allegedly threatened to bring a gun to work and “kill a lot of people in Prime Pork.”

The safety director said he was able to locate an employee who worked closely with Rodriguez. The employee said he knew Rodriguez was sick and was going to get tested for COVID-19, but was unsure what the outcome was. He stated there were rumors that Rodriguez was going to get fired.

Rodriguez was eventually located and arrested, at which time he agreed to speak with officers. He stated he had been drinking too much. When officers played the voicemail for Rodriguez, he apologized multiple times and again stated that he had too much to drink.

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If convicted, Rodriguez faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. He has been issued summons to appear in court on Feb. 1.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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