Affidavit: Suspect, Dominique Richard, threatened to kill woman, 'any' Episcopal priest or bishop

Threat caused closure of St. John's Cathedral

DENVER - A 60-year-old Denver man is facing a possible menacing charge after he allegedly left a phone message threatening to kill an unnamed victim, and “any priest and bishop from the Episcopal Church,” according to court documents obtained by 7NEWS.

Police say Dominique Richard also said, "I'm going to desecrate the altar at St. Andrews." There is a St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, located 2015 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver.

“I actually know the guy,” said St. Andrews Choir Master Timothy Krueger. “He was a parishioner here for many years.”

Krueger told 7NEWS that Richard attended services at St. Andrews about 10 years ago.

When asked if there were any issues with Richard back then, Krueger said, “he would occasionally show up with inappropriate clothing, but that’s it.”

While St. Andrews has remained open, St. John’s Cathedral remains closed.  All activities there have been cancelled, until Sunday.

Police and church officials have strengthened security at the campus.

The Episcopal Diocese said in a statement that on Tuesday night it "notified diocesan clergy and advised them to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions at churches, particularly in the Denver metro area."

Police were called to the victim's South University Boulevard home on Tuesday after receiving a report of telephone threats. Denver police redacted the victim's name from a police affidavit supporting Richard's arrest.

The victim told police she first met Richard in about 1975 and was reintroduced to him in 1998. For about four years, the victim said she previously had been in charge of dispensing Social Security payments to Richard, the affidavit said.

The victim told an officer between 1:15 p.m. and 1:20 p.m. she had received two telephone calls from Richard, one call on her home phone and one call on her cell phone. She said she recognized Richard's information on her caller ID and let both calls go to voicemail.

She then listened to the messages. In the first voicemail, the man simply told her to disregard his message. In the second message, the man said, "I'm just going to get someone else to help me," according to the affidavit.

The woman called Richard back 30 minutes later and apologized to him for not taking his calls.

Richard is accused of replying, "It doesn't matter, I'm going to get a gun and come kill you, and I'm killing any priest and bishop from the Episcopal Church, and I'm going to desecrate the altar at St. Andrews," the affidavit said.

He then hung up the phone.

Police said they arrested Dominique Richard on a warrant at 12 a.m. Thursday without incident. He's being held on investigation of menacing at the Denver City Jail. Richard being is held on $1,000 bond, and he's scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m.

Krueger said the arrest has put parishioners at St. Andrews more at ease.

“If I were to see (Richard) I feel that I could probably talk to him myself.  So, I personally have not felt unsafe.”

Richard was previously charged with public indecency in Adams County in 2009 and pleaded guilty, according to court records. He also had a 2003 public indecency case in Denver, court records show. Under a deferred judgment, Richard was given a 10-day suspended jail sentence and six months of probation. Court records indicate the deferred judgment allowed Richard to clear his record after he stayed out of trouble for a year.

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