TALLADEGA COUNTY -- An Ohatchee man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats by Talladega County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday night, according to Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore.
Zacheriah Franklin Pearce, 34, did not have a bond as of Thursday evening, according to Talladega County Metro Jail records.
Kilgore said Franklin was an employee of New South Express in Talladega County. While he was at work Wednesday, he allegedly told several co-workers he was planning to either burn down or blow up Alexandria High School.
“Mr. Pearce’s address is in Ohatchee, but he only lives about 3 miles away from the school,” Kilgore said. “We don’t know why, but he obviously has some pretty hard feelings toward the school. The statements he made to his now former-co-workers were found to be very convincing, and very alarming.”
Pearce’s alleged threats were initially reported to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, but when officials there learned where the threats had been made, they contacted authorities in Talladega County.
“They had him in Calhoun County and then brought him here,” Kilgore said. “He was arrested at our investigations office in Talladega.”
As of Thursday afternoon, Pearce had not had an initial court appearance in Talladega County. A bond will likely be set at a hearing sometime today.
Kilgore thanked Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade and his deputies for their cooperation in the case.
Making a terroristic threat is a class C felony in Alabama, punishable upon conviction by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.