NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven man has been charged with threatening to kill his estranged wife and her mother in a text message.

West Haven police tell the New Haven Register that 29-year-old Lawrence Welch Jr. sent a text to his wife on July 11 which read in part, “Watch you and your mother get a bullet in the head.”

Welch was charged Wednesday with second-degree threatening and second-degree harassment and was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

Police say he does not have any guns registered in his name, but did have a firearms permit revoked.

Welch could not be reached for comment Thursday morning. He has no listed phone number and it was not immediately clear if he has hired an attorney.

Information from: New Haven Register,

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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