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Crime Trackers: Marana man threatened, harassed by former co-worker

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A man in Marana said he has been getting threats from a former co-worker.

Steven Serling has called police numerous times, but it has not stopped.

In a Marana Police Department report from April, the person reporting told police they received a disturbing text message from a family member about killing his father and a former co-worker. The individual's name will not be released due to HIPAA laws.

“When he has his little episodes, he really goes off and its dangerous," Serling said. "It's dangerous."

Serling was one of the targets. The report also said, when police contacted the father, he told them he was “concerned about their safety due to his son's mental illness and his access to weapons."

He also told officers his son "should be considered armed and dangerous."

The report added the individual "stopped taking his prescribed medications around the first of the year, stating he was tired of feeling like a 'zombie'."

It also said "he is mentally unstable, hostile and has displayed erratic behavior while off his medications."

The report concluded that the individual “was court ordered to complete a psychiatric evaluation in reference to a PCSO case."

There were nearly 100 emails, and bizarre, rambling voice mails.

Serling has a mountain of paperwork documenting the threats. He also has two orders of protection.

The harassment continued. A few weeks ago, he found some bullets in his mailbox. He did not think much about it. On Tuesday, he received an email of a picture of a gun, handcuffs and drug paraphernalia.

He filed another police report.

“When he goes off with the gun or if he has the gun with him and he goes off, you can listen to the cellphone,” said Serling.

A Pima County Sheriff's Department official said they have no way of proving who the weapon belongs too. The email came from another name.

Due to health privacy laws, the status of the individual cannot be revealed, but he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was court ordered to receive treatment for one year, with the opportunity to appeal every 60 days.

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