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Published April 05 2012

Man accused of stealing son’s motorcycle charged with threats

HILLSBORO, N.D. – A Hillsboro man already facing charges for allegedly stealing his son’s motorcycle is now in further trouble after police say he threatened his son to drop the charges against him.

William Mooney, 49, was charged last week in Traill County Court with burglary after allegedly stealing his son’s motorcycle on March 22.

According to new court documents filed Thursday, Mooney was in the process of buying the motorcycle from his son so he could attend a Hell’s Angels rally in Minneapolis.

But after his son apparently repossessed the bike, Mooney allegedly went to the barn where it was kept and took it.

After being arrested that day, Mooney called a friend and told him to get in touch with his son. If the burglary charges weren’t dropped, Mooney allegedly said he would slit his son’s throat, documents state.

Authorities also allege that Mooney said in the same conversation with the friend that if he was going back to jail, he would “start loading guns, and then he was going to start with” a state trooper involved with the case, documents state.

Following his conversation with Mooney, the friend then sent a text message to Mooney’s son that stated: “If u don’t drop the charges against yr dad he’s going to slit yr throat u won’t make it past the summer I’m sorry … he’s going to start loading his guns n shooting people starting with the police dept. Take it serious please.”

The friend later showed police a revolver that Mooney kept in a bus he owned, and said that Mooney also allegedly kept five or six more guns in his house, documents state.

Mooney is charged with two counts of terrorizing, a Class C felony, that are linked to the most recent allegations.

He is also facing an aggravated assault charge in connection with a February incident in Hillsboro where he allegedly attacked a man with a steel baseball bat, a dispute court records say started with an argument about the importance of his 7th-place finish in a recent poker tournament.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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