Iowa man arrested over Snapchat correspondence

He was charged with felony terroristic threats

Benjamin Kramer

LISMORE — Nobles County deputies arrested an Iowa resident Sunday night after a victim showed police a Snapchat message of a picture with a gun and a bullet, with the victim's name written on the bullet.

The message was sent Saturday. On Sunday, the victim called 9-1-1 to report that the same person, identified as Benjamin Kramer, 23, of Larchwood, Iowa, was trespassing at their rural Lismore home.

By the time officers arrived at the residence, Kramer had reportedly taken off on a four-wheeler. They used the victim's Snapchat Map app to locate Kramer and question him.

Kramer allegedly admitted to police that he had sent the Snapchat message and told them where to find a .40-caliber pistol in his truck. During the execution of a search warrant on Kramer's truck, the bullet with the victim's name written on it was located in the pistol's magazine.

Kramer was arrested and charged with felony threats of violence. The offense carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, but if convicted, he will be sentenced based on criminal history.


He was released Tuesday from Nobles County Jail after posting bond. A Domestic Abuse No Contact Order (DANCO) with the victim was ordered while court hearings proceed.

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