A 42-year-old Diboll man was arrested on a felony
stalking charge Tuesday in connection to allegations that he sent disturbing
and threatening text messages to a woman he had lived with about a year ago.
Reagan Todd Horton was arrested and charged with
stalking, which is a third-degree felony. He posted a $2,500 bail and was
released from the Angelina County jail later Tuesday.
According to the arrest affidavit, an investigator
with the Lufkin Police Department was contacted by a woman about some
disturbing text messages she had received on her phone. The woman then met with
the investigator at the police station and showed him the texts that she had
received from a phone assigned to Horton, who had lived with the woman about a
In the affidavit, the investigator wrote that he
knew that the number was Horton's because he investigated a phone harassment
case involving Horton in March 2013. The affidavit stated that Horton was
arrested for the phone harassment. After Horton bonded out of jail on that
charge, he was told that as part of his bond conditions, he was not supposed to
contact the woman by text, phone, or in person.
All total, there were eight text messages to the
woman's phone. She received them in the time period from Dec. 24-25, 2013.
The investigator reviewed the texts and found the
messages would "harass, annoy, and alarm the recipient," according to the
"The messages contained information which would be
knowledge that only she and Horton share," the affidavit stated. "They were
specifically directed at recovering money Horton felt that [the victim] within
the preceding year. They threatened that action would be taken against [the
victim] if she did not give him that money."
In the affidavit, the investigator said that he has
previously obtained arrest warrants for criminal trespass and harassment
"These offenses were based on perceived injustices
that Horton felt had been committed against him by [the victim] during the
course of their break up," the affidavit said.