PCSO: Fake threat left on foreman's car may lead to charges

FLORENCE, AZ - Authorities say a "fake" threatening note on a man's windshield in Florence may lead to criminal charges.

According to Pinal County Sheriff's spokesman Tim Gaffney, a man serving as the foreman for grand jury proceedings found a handwritten note on his truck.

He noticed it during his break on Oct. 16.

Part of the note read, "You better not find my dad guilty! I followed you home last Wednesday."

Detectives reportedly contacted the company who makes the checks the note was written on, but it was unable to track down the business that purchased the checks.

Detectives eventually spoke with a waitress at the L&B restaurant in Florence who said a similar note was written on a check left near the cash register, Gaffney said.

Later, detectives talked to the waitress who allegedly wrote the note. She said two men came into the restaurant the day before and asked for something to write on, according to Gaffney.

They then asked the waitress to rewrite the note, so their friend couldn't recognize the handwriting.

The waitress reportedly said it was a bad idea, but the men said they would tell their friend the next day at work.

The waitress rewrote the note, and the two men paid for their food and left.

PCSO was able to track down one of the men through his credit card receipt.

Gaffney said 33-year-old Will Packard of Maricopa and 36-year-old Robert Marquez of Casa Grande said it was all a prank.

The foreman was informed of the "prank" and was upset that his friends would do something like this, Gaffney said.

"Hopefully the men find it as funny when they are involved with the judicial process as detectives will submit the investigation to the County Attorney's Office and ask they review the case for criminal charges, including influencing a juror, disorderly conduct and threatening and intimidating," said Sheriff Paul Babeu.

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