Hearing reset for area man accused of threatening federal officials

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CLIFTON, Texas (KWTX) A Waco federal judge reset a hearing Tuesday for a Clifton man who is accused of making terroristic threats against federal employees by telephone.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske reset a re-arraignment hearing for Robert Hudson Barron, III, of Clifton, until September 25 and set a trial date for October 9, U.S. Magistrate Court records showed.

“The Court finds good cause for this extension,” Manske’s order reads, and it also says the government did not oppose the extension.

Barron is charged with making terroristic threats against several Social Security Administration employees in phone calls made to the SSA regional office in Pueblo, Colorado in May.

An affidavit presented in the case shows a man who identified himself as Barron on May 5 began making calls to SSA because he was upset when his benefits were terminated.

He became abusive on the telephone in the initial call, but within a couple of hours an SSA supervisor called him back to tell him his benefits had been re-instated and he would receive back pay for what he missed, likely within less than a week.

In spite of that news the caller the affidavit reflects the caller continued his rant, threatened the supervisor with sexual assault and threatened to find and go to her home.

Still a higher level supervisor returned a call to Barron, also that day, and was met with the same anger, the affidavit says.

The incident was reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service which began an investigation.

The DHS investigator learned Barron has an active warrant against him in Bosque County that charges terroristic threat against a public servant in connection with a March incident in Clifton and has two prior convictions for assault causing bodily injury family member.

The affidavit further says Barron is the subject of a police investigation into the trafficking and sale of marijuana on the Baylor University campus.

On the day the DHS investigator spoke with the Clifton police chief about Barron’s background, the chief told him he was at that moment outside Barron’s home after a caller reported a man standing in the front yard holding a gun to his own head.