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Ga. teen threatens to kidnap district attorney, demanded $1M

Markel Collins

Markel Collins

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Norcross teen is back in jail after allegedly sending threatening emails and letters to the district attorney, the district attorney’s office manager and his own lawyer.

Markel Collins was arrested Monday and charged with contempt of court, two counts of intimidation of a court officer and four counts of terroristic threats. Gwinnett County jail records show he is being held without bond.

According to arrest warrants obtained by the Daily Post, Collins demanded in several correspondences that the court case against him — stemming from an October 2013 arrest by Gwinnett County Public Schools police — be dropped. He reportedly threatened violence and demanded large sums of money.

In an original email sent on May 25, Collins allegedly contacted Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter regarding his case. He demanded the case against him be dropped, asked for $1 million and said that “if he does not get the money, he is going to kidnap Mr. Porter and hold him hostage,” warrants said.

The next day, authorities said, Collins emailed Porter’s office manager, making the same demands and threats but asking only for $100,000.

On Sunday, Collins emailed Porter again.

“(He) states in his email that Mr. Porter has a couple days to respond or he is going to find him and hurt him,” warrants said. “Markel Collins also advises in the email that he has a loaded pistol.”

On the same day, the suspect reportedly wrote a letter to his own defense attorney, demanding again that the case against him be dropped, threatening to kidnap and hold her hostage and requesting $100,000.

Under Georgia law, convictions on a charge involving “intimidation or injury of juror, court officer or law enforcement officer” carries a sentence of one to five years in prison. Terroristic threats convictions can be punished by up to 10 years in prison. Both crimes are felonies.

Collins’ original arrest last year stemmed from allegedly threatening to shoot a fellow student at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross. According to an incident report, officials found an instruction manual for a BB gun in Collins’ bookbag but no actual weapon. He was arrested and spent nearly four months in the Gwinnett County jail.