WINDOM — The Prime Pork facility in Windom was on lockdown Saturday morning while Windom police responded to a shooting threat made the previous night.
Prime Pork reported that Gerardo Rodriguez, 52, of Worthington had left a voicemail Friday night on the floor supervisor's phone while using a phone number police knew Rodriguez had used in the past. In the voicemail, Rodriguez allegedly said that if he were to lose his job, he would bring an AR-15 to the facility and "kill a lot of people."
An employee who works closely with Rodriguez reportedly told the investigating officer that Rodriguez had been ill and was going to get tested for COVID-19, adding that there had been rumors that Rodriguez was going to be fired from his job.
After his arrest, Rodriguez allegedly told law enforcement that he had been drinking too much on Friday night. When he heard the voicemail message, he began to apologize repeatedly.
Rodriguez is being held in Cottonwood County Jail on a felony charge of threats of violence. He faces a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. His bail was set at $2,000 with conditions or $15,000 without conditions.