PLAINVILLE - A local man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening another man in a series of harassing text messages.
Matthew Patenaude, 36, of 75 East Broad St., is facing two counts of second-degree harassment and one count each of second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct.
According to the police report, Patenaude’s wife and her new boyfriend went to police on Thursday to report a number of harassing text messages they said they had received from Patenaude over the past few days. Patenaude and his wife, according to the police report, have been separated since the fall.
According to the report, Patenaude told his wife the next time her boyfriend comes to Plainville, he’ll “wish he hadn’t.” He also allegedly said he knows where the man lives and works, adding “his life is over,” the report said.
“I’ll be doing a little prayer for him I found online,” Patenaude said in a text message to his wife, referring to the boyfriend, according to the report. “It’s black and I have to summon a demon for it. Just remember what ever [sic] happens from this day forward was your doing. You brought the darkness upon me.”
“Now I’m truly evil,” the text messages continued, the report said. “Thank you for showing me there is no god. Thank you for proving there is such thing as Lucifer. Thank you for helping me realize he is in me and always has been. Time for Matt to go bye bye. Belial says hi.”
The boyfriend told police he had also received some text messages from Patenaude on Thursday.
“So you can disappear from my family’s lives or we can go to war and trust me you will end up disappearing in the long run so make it easy on yourself,” one of the messages said, according to police. “I know where you live, work, play and when it comes to my wife I can be extremely psycho.”
Police on Thursday were able to locate Patenaude at his home, where he said he never had any intention of harming anyone. He was arrested and held in custody overnight.
During the arraignment on Friday, court officials said Patenaude has no criminal history. He was released on a promise to appear and ordered not to contact the complainants in the matter. The case was continued to Jan. 30.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.