By Bill Kirk
---- — LAWRENCE — A 42-year-old Parker Street man was charged yesterday with threatening to commit murder after he sent an email to the police chief, the mayor, some city councilors and members of the media stating “you should all be hanged, as well as your friends & family!”
Cesar Rancier was arrested at his home at 183 Parker St., Apt. 11, yesterday around 4:30 p.m. and charged with intimidation of a witness and threats to commit a crime, to wit murder, after sending the obscenity-laced email on Monday just after 8 p.m.
Because there is a prior, similar case pending against Rancier for an email he sent about a year ago to police Chief John Romero, he was charged with intimidation of a witness, according to a police report on the incident.
“Based on that email, and the fact there’s an open case, we were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest,” Romero said last night.
According to the police report filed by Patrolman David Augusta, “Mr. Rancier has made and continues to make additional threats to (Chief) Romero. These serious threats are believed intended to intimidate Chief Romero and his office and staff for their involvement in the case. Mr. Rancier continues to make threats through harassing emails without regard to numerous warnings from countless agencies including the Lawrence Police Department.”
In addition to the threats against Romero, Rancier also made threats in the email against Mayor William Lantigua, members of the City Council, and several media outlets, including individuals at The Eagle-Tribune.
Rancier is being arraigned today in Lawrence District Court. He was held last night on a no-bail warrant.