Police are looking for the person who threatened to rape and shoot a man’s infant daughter.
The disturbing threats came through a series of anonymous text messages to a Canal Winchester father.
Police said it can be very time-consuming to track down the person who sent the messages, because they were sent from an app rather than a cell phone number.
The alleged victim, who asked not to be identified for safety reasons, said he had no idea who could be behind the messages.
“They were going to shoot my daughter, rape my daughter and basically destroy my family and everything,” the father said.
The Canal Winchester father said that he could not believe what he was reading when the anonymous texts began appearing on his phone Tuesday evening.
At 5:27 p.m., he received a text that read, “Give my aunt her (expletive) before we shoot your daughter.”
“You start talking about a newborn baby right there, that’s what really caught my attention,” the father said.
At 5:38 p.m., he received another: “Just know we’re coming to your house, your (baby’s mother’s) house, and when we get to your (baby’s mother’s) house….”
The text messages goes on to use explicit language that threatens to “snatch and rape” the young daughter.
The father said he did not know how the person who sent the texts knew details about his family or why the person was angry with him.
“Somebody’s got to (have) secret information with somebody,” the father said.
Columbus police said there are multiple sites that allow people to send anonymous text messages, but officers said the messages are not as anonymous as one might think.
Police said it takes a lot of leg work, but the messages can be traced.
The father said he hoped the person behind the messages would “man up.”
“If you want to be a man about it, text me from your number and really show me who you are,” the father said. “Don’t play on anyone’s phone talking stuff like this, because this is real.”
Police said that even though the investigation process is time-consuming, it is possible to work with cellphone carriers and the spoof websites to determine who sent the anonymous texts.
Watch 10TV News and refresh 10TV.com for more information.