Suspect arrested for alleged threats, stalking

Updated at 10 a.m. Jan. 4

BROOKINGS – A Brookings man has been charged with making a terroristic threat and stalking after allegedly sending messages threatening violence to a local business, according to Brookings Police.

The incident was reported about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. Joel Perry said.

A probable cause statement from Brookings Police identifies the suspect as 56-year-old Selmar Waller of Brookings. 

Waller has been charged with terrorist threat, a Class 5 felony, and three counts of stalking, all misdemeanors, according to a complaint from the Brookings County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The terrorist threat charge alleges that Waller threatened to commit a crime of violence or an act dangerous to human life involving any use of chemical, biological or radioactive material, or any explosive or destructive device, with the intent to intimidate or coerce a civilian population. The stalking charges allege Waller made a credible threat to three separate people with intent to place those people in reasonable fear of death or great bodily injury.

The probable cause statement alleges that Waller sent one email to and left three voicemail messages at the business in the early morning hours Saturday. In the messages, Waller allegedly complained about a service offered by the business and allegedly threatened to show up at the business with an AK-47 and shoot, kill and decapitate employees there.

Waller is being held at the Brookings County Detention Center on $1,000 cash-only bond.

Conditions of bond, if he is able post, are to remain a law-abiding citizen, sign a waiver of extradition, maintain contact with his attorney, no contact (direct/indirect) with any victims, remain 500 feet away from victims’ residences and business, may not possess firearms, must surrender all firearms to law enforcement and make all court appearances, according to the Brookings County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Waller's next court date is set for an initial appearance at 9 a.m. Jan. 10.


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