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Man jailed after making threats of violence in Houston County

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CALEDONIA, Minn. (WXOW) - A Houston County man is facing multiple felony charges after making several threats of violence against county employees and businesses in August.

Houston County Sheriff Mark Inglett said that Brian Krenz, 36, was arrested in California following the threats. He is now in the Houston County Jail.

On August 5, the sheriff's office got a report around 1:10 p.m. from a Court Administration employee that he'd gotten a call from an agitated male who said he was coming to shoot a member of the Houston County Attorney's Office and blow up the courthouse.

Sheriff Inglett said they were able to identify the caller a short time later. In the interim, two businesses in Caledonia got calls from the same person who threatened violence against the people there.

Later, investigators learned the man left voicemail threats against another county office.

Due to the threats, the courthouse area and both businesses went on lockdown for approximately an hour.

Sheriff Inglett said that Krenz also left a voicemail message at the City of La Crescent "indicating that he was going to leave the City of La Crescent and Houston County in ruins."

Krenz faces felony charges of Terroristic Threats-Threats of Violence and Gross Misdemeanor counts of Harassment.

He's currently jailed on $250,000 unconditional bail and $100,000 conditional bail. His next court appearance is September 24.

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