Diboll man arrested on felony stalking charge for alleged threatening texts

Reagan Horton (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Reagan Horton (Source: Angelina County Jail)

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 year ago.

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 affidavit.

"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 against Horton.

"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.

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