Police: Vernon man responds to rejection with threats

Vernon. A township man sent emails and left multiple letters at farms and stables asking to have a sexual relationship with horses and cows and threatened violence when rejected, police said.

Vernon /
14 Oct 2019 | 02:49

A Vernon man seeking a sexual relationship with large farm animals threatened violence when his proposals were rejected, police said.

From July 15 to Oct. 2, Richard Decker, 31, sent emails and left multiple letters at farms and stables asking to have a sexual relationship with horses and cows, according to an affidavit of probable cause in the case against him.

The communications became increasingly harassing when the farmers rejected him, and Decker threatened to go to one farm and beat a woman with a wooden stick in an email dated Oct. 2.

Decker also stands accused of placing homemade metal spikes on farmers’ driveways, in a series of flat tire incidents stretching back to January, the affidavit said.

The majority of incidents occurred in January, with a couple in September, and the damage amount ranged from $500 to $1,500. In an incident dated Jan. 26, three different vehicles allegedly sustained five flat tires among them.

During a search of Decker’s home, two arrows with explosives attached, metal spikes and several jars of the explosive materials flash powder, ferric oxide and magnesium were found. A .22 caliber firearm that Decker said he manufactured himself was also found, according to the affidavit.

In an interview with police, Decker said he got the explosive materials by dismantling fireworks, and also admitted to sending the harassing emails and letters, and to threatening physical harm.

He faces multiple charges, including cyber harassment, terroristic threats, procuring an animal in a sexual manner and multiple weapons charges.