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Man facing felony after making threats

A Lake City man is facing stalking and terroristic threats charges after allegedly threating to kill his co-workers at Norwood Promotional Products in Red Wing.

James Fremont Nickels, 21, was charged Wednesday in a Goodhue County Court complaint with a felony terroristic threats charge. He is also facing a gross misdemeanor stalking charge and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.

According to that document, Nickels had been making statements about killing people for some time. A coworker told police that "James has said that he wants to blow this place up, stab people and shoot people," the complaint reads.

Red Wing police were called to Norwood, 5151 Moundview Drive, at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the complaint says.

A supervisor told the responding officer that Nickels had been suspended earlier that day for making a sexually harassing comment about another employee. Nickels had been given permission to wait in the company's parking lot so he could pick up another employee who carpooled with him.

However, the supervisor said he called police when he began hearing from other employees that Nickels had been making statements about shooting employees.

One employee told officers that Nickels "talks about killing every day," the complaint states. That employee went on to say that Nickels detailed how he would slash people's tires so that they wouldn't be able to get away.

Another employee told officers that Nickels had come up behind a group of his co-workers and said, "Sad how much thought I have given to killing you all," the complaint states.

When officers asked Nickels about the comments, Nickels said that "everything that comes out of his mouth is a joke," the complaint reads.

"As a joke, I mentioned about killing a few people," Nickels told police, adding that the statements were directed to people he works with.

Nickels told police that he doesn't have any weapons at home, and that he carries a pocket knife and has a knife he keeps at work for work purposes. He also told officers that he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but hasn't been taking his medication, the complaint says.

As of Friday morning, Nickels was being held in the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for June 14.

A call to Norwood Promotional Products seeking comments on the incident was not immediately returned.

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.