Stalking suspect allegedly texted death threat to victim

Jeff Bobo • Feb 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office charged a Rutledge man early Friday morning with stalking and telephone harassment after he allegedly drove repeatedly by an ex-girlfriend’s home and sent her a text message threatening to kill her father.

Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, Hawkins County deputies were dispatched to a residence on Shepherd’s Chapel Road just west of Rogersville to investigate a threat/stalking complaint.

Detective Lt. Randy Collier stated in his report that through his investigation he learned that the victim’s ex-boyfriend, Michael Dustin Hipshire, 24, of Rutledge, was sending threatening text messages stating he was “outside the home with a gun and was going to shoot (the victim’s father).”

Family members in the home claimed to have seen Hipshire drive by the residence twice prior to the arrival of deputies at the residence.

Deputies were called to search the surrounding area and arrested Hipshire about a mile and a half from the victim’s residence. Hipshire was already wanted in Hawkins County for failure to appear on a probation violation warrant.

Later Friday morning, Collier spoke to the victims and reviewed 33 text messages allegedly sent by Hipshire to the 19-year-old former girlfriend, including threats of being outside the home and waiting to kill the father of the victim.

“The victim advised that this has been a continuous act since their breakup, and she has had to change her cell number twice in less than a month,” Collier stated in his report. “The victim and family are fearful for their lives and don’t know what the defendant is capable of.”

Hipshire was arraigned Monday in sessions court, and a March 9 trial date was set. He was ordered held without bond by Judge David Brand.

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