NORMAL — A 22-year-old Normal man faces weapons and intimidation charges for allegedly sending threatening text messages to a Normal Community High School student, including threats to kill her family and others she may have contacted on her cell phone.
Tim A. Thormann of the 1800 block of C Street, North Meadow Village, is charged with intimidation, interference with a public institution of higher education and unlawful use of weapons. The weapons offense alleges he had a knife when police arrested him in his car around 2 p.m. Tuesday on the school parking lot.
He is accused of sending text messages to a female student in which he threatened to kill her family and others if she did not meet him after school at NCHS.
He remains in McLean County jail in lieu of posting $10,025.
Assistant Police Chief Eric Klingele said one of a dozen texts read, “You’ll be damned lucky if I don’t kill your worthless (expletive) parents.” Police were notified of the alleged threats around 1:45 p.m. and considered the incident a domestic situation that “was taken care of quickly and quietly,” he said.
Unit 5 spokeswoman Dayna Brown released information about the incident Thursday after she was contacted by The Pantagraph.
According to Brown, the alleged victim, identified as an 18-year-old senior who was Thormann’s former girlfriend, received text messages throughout the day and told school administrators and a school resource officer. The final text said he was waiting for her in the parking lot, said Brown.
“The suspect did not have access to Normal Community and never attempted to access the school,” said Brown.
Brown initially said parents were not notified of the incident but later Thursday afternoon an electronic message was sent to parents by the district notifying them of the arrest and details of the incident.
The arrest on school property comes about a month after a 14-year-old freshman was arrested for bringing three handguns to NCHS, firing shots into the ceiling of a classroom, and holding a teacher and students against their will until the teacher wrestled the student to the floor. No one was injured. The youth faces 16 charges in juvenile court and remains in the county’s juvenile detention center in Normal.