A black woman in Atlanta, Georgia is now facing numerous charges after it was revealed that she was behind a series of hate crime threats that initially appeared to be perpetrated by the Ku Klux Klan, Fox News reports.
The suspect is 30-year-old Terresha Lucas, who was arrested last Wednesday and made her first court appearance on Thursday, which resulted in her bond being denied. She has been charged with eight counts of “terroristic threats and acts,” after multiple families in Douglasville claimed that they had received letters that were allegedly from a man affiliated with the KKK, threatening to kill them.
“The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families and setting houses on fire,” one father said to local news outlets about such a letter that his family received in the mail.
“The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them,” said Detective Nathan Shumaker, “and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood.”
The letters first began appearing in mailboxes as early as last December. Detective Shumaker and Detective Andre Futch conducted an investigation over the course of many months that ultimately led them to Lucas. Douglasville is located approximately 20 miles west of the city of Atlanta.