Apr 6, 2016 2:31 PM
SALEM - A Salem man appeared in court Wednesday morning after police said he threatened employees at a utilities office to keep his power on.
Eric Wermers is charged with threatening to harm three Liberty Utility employees after the power had been shut off at his business - Affinity Auto. The three employees told police they recognized Wermers as a customer who has visited before.
Court documents show Wermers said to the employees, "If my meter gets disconnected you will be shot! I have no trespassing signs up! You will be shot!"
Frightened by the alleged threats the employees then called Salem police. When an officer went to Wermers' business to talk to him about the incident, the officer said Wermers became confrontational.
Wermers is accused of trying to elbow the officer in the head after the officer had asked what had happened at the Liberty office.
Court documents also said Wermers refused to come out of his business and said to the officer, "Why don’t you (expletive) tell me what happened at Liberty!"
"He tried to strike the officer, a struggle ensued," Sgt. Jason Smith of the Salem police said. "Ultimately pepper spray had to be used he was subsequently arrested, and there was no injury suffered by either party."
Wermers is being held on $10,000 personal recognizance and a $2,000 cash bail and will be back in court for a probable cause hearing April 14.
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