Cortez man arrested for alleged threat

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Cortez man for allegedly making threatening phone calls to a relative.

The man, William Troy Spidle, 50, of Cortez, was arrested Feb. 24 after a deputy allegedly overheard a telephone call between Spidle and the female relation.

A report said the deputy was at the relative’s home listening to Spidle on a speaker phone.

The caller allegedly told the woman, “Sometime tonight, I am going to take everything I can from you, including your life. I never thought I would have to say this, but this is what I need to do.”

The relative told deputies she feared the caller would carry out the threats.

In a second conversation, the caller said he had been kicked out of the Salvation Army for substance use and that he was waiting for a ride.

The MCSO picked up Spidle at the Salvation Army in Bradenton. He faces a misdemeanor charge of making harassing phone calls.

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