Police: Man Threatened To Kill Ex-Girlfriend, Her Child

Dennis Welk Jr. has been charged with aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment

A man is accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and her child.

Dennis Welk Jr., 21, was released from prison on Jan. 17 after he served a 3-year sentence for committing a pair of burglaries.

After his release, Welk tried to get in touch with his former girlfriend even though she asked him to leave her alone, Mentor Police Lt. Tim Allen said.

On Wednesday, Welk sent her 26 texts -- in some of which he indicated that he knew where she lived, Allen said.

Concerned, the woman -- who lives in Mentor -- called the Mentor Police Department.

While Mentor Police were talking to the woman, Welk called her. During the phone call, he threatened to kill her and her baby, Allen said.

Additionally, Welk told her that he had experience breaking into homes and wasn't afraid to go back to prison, Allen said.

Mentor officers contacted the police department in Madison Township, where Welk lives, and they arrested him.

Welk was charged with aggravated menacing and telecommunications harassment and arraigned Thursday in Mentor Municipal Court.

Judge John Trebets set Welk's bond at $40,000, which was not posted. His next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.


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