Terresha Lucas: Black woman, 30, poses as Klu Klux Klan member, threatens neighbors
DOUGLASVILLE, GEORGIA: Douglasville Police has charged a Black woman for posing as a Ku Klux Klan member and sending notes to neighbors through their door, threatening to kill their children. Terresha Lucas, 30, has been charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats, confirmed the Douglasville Georgia Police Department. Lucas reportedly wrote in the letter that she was a ‘six-feet-tall white male with a long, red beard who did not live in the neighborhood.’
Residents of the Brookmont subdivision of Manning Drive in Douglasville began receiving racist letters through their doors in March, with someone threatening to kill their children. “I received one two days ago and I was alarmed at what I read,” a Douglasville father told CBS46 News. Since December, at least seven African-Americans have received racist, terrifying handwritten notes from a 'man' who claimed to belong to the Ku Klux Klan.
Scared for the well-being of his family, a father in the community took the letter to the Douglasville police department. “The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families, and setting houses on fire,” the father said. Investigators are reportedly trying to look for forensic evidence on the letter that the father received.
According to Douglas Police Detective Nathan Shumaker, the woman left the letters in people's mailboxes at night, to be discovered the next day. The first letters began coming in around December 2020, investigators said, following which similar letters were reported on February 17, February 22, March 1, and March 3. Six months passed and no letters were reported, but then again on September 6, another threatening note came in.
For months, police went door-to-door, investigating the matter, checking doorbell cameras and handing out flyers to residents, seeking any information they might have. However, the break in the case came on Labor Day last month, when police found evidence that linked the letters to Lucas' home. The department did not specify what the evidence was. Lucas was arrested and she made her first court appearance last week. She was denied bond.
It is not clear if Lucas has retained an attorney. The motive behind the strange crime is also yet to be shared. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office posted records that show Lucas was booked into jail. The woman faces eight felony charges of terroristic threats and acts, each of which carries a fine of $5,000 and a prison sentence of maximum five years.