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Collier deputies: Texas man texted threats of school shooting, killing others

Ex-girlfriend: man threatened to "hunt her down"
Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 08:45:22-04

NAPLES, Fla. -- Collier County Sheriff's deputies report that a Texas man drove to Naples and sent text messages to his ex-girlfriend, threatening to shoot up her school, kill her parents, and "hunt her down" to kidnap her.

Deputies arrested David Heinze, 19, of Keller, Texas, in a Publix parking lot at Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard.

According to his arrest report, Heinze moved to Texas from Naples in June, and that his girlfriend broke up with him around that time. Heinze told deputies he had sent her about 50 texts since then, which included the threats.

In addition to threatening his ex-girlfriend, her parents, and her school, the texts said that he would become a "mass murderer," and that "If he sees a cop, he will start shooting," according to the arrest report.

After he was arrested, Heinze told deputies that he did send the text messages, but had no intention to shoot a school or hurt anyone. He told them that he did have access to firearms at his father's home in Texas.

The victim told deputies that Heinze had texted her a photo of a firearm in June after they broke up, and threatened to kill himself. She said that she told Heinze at least ten times to stop messaging her.

Neighbors of Heinze's ex-girlfriend told deputies that they saw Heinze driving near her home on Saturday. Heinze said he drove to Naples from Texas on Friday, according to the report.

Heinze is charged with aggravated stalking and making a written threat to do bodily harm. His arrest report adds that "a risk protection order is being generated" due to the nature of the texts.