Charles City man charged with threatening schoolchildren

By Richard Pratt, The Gazette

CHARLES CITY, Iowa — A man remained in the Floyd County Jail Wednesday after officials said he made “terroristic threats” against schoolchildren in Charles City.

Loren T. Saxon faces charges of making terrorist threats and public intoxication.

According to a news release from the Floyd County Attorney's Office, Charles City police were called to the Best Budget Inn in Charles City Sunday for a report of an intoxicated individual. When officers arrived, they encountered Saxon, who was reportedly heavily intoxicated and making threatening statements against schoolchildren.

There's no indication that Saxon acted in connection with another person or group, officials said.

Saxon was taken to the Floyd County Jail, where he is being held on a $6,000 cash-only bond.

According to the news release, the Floyd County Attorney's Office will not agree to any bond reduction for Saxon, and that if were released for any reason, the county attorney would notify the Charles City superintendent to make sure that all necessary precautions were taken.

“The safety of our community and our children is of the utmost concern,” the news release said. “Everything is being done at this time to ensure the safety of the community.”

Making terrorist threats is a Class D felony, while public intoxication is a serious misdemeanor.

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