Woman allegedly threatened violence

FAIRMONT — A homeless woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Heather Marie Miller, 31, has been charged with making threats of violence, which carries a maximum charge of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On April 21, a Fairmont police officer was dispatched on a report of criminal damage to property in the 600 block of East Third Street in Fairmont. The officer arrived on scene and spoke with a male. The officer also observed a 1998 green Chevrolet pickup truck parked behind the residence.

As the officer spoke with the man, he indicated Miller had been at his house around 3 a.m. that day and she had slashed his tires. The officer observed that both passenger side tires were flat. He inspected the tires in question and found a small hole in the passenger side rear tire that appeared to come from a knife.

The man showed the officer text messages purportedly sent to him by Miller shortly before 3 a.m. In the messages, Miller purportedly said she had a gun and that the man was going to die, as well as stating that the man’s tires were slashed. The man indicated the tires were valued at $175 each, for a total value of $300.

On April 25, another officer spoke with Miller at the Martin County Law Enforcement Center. Miller was advised of her rights and agreed to speak with the officer.

During the interview, she said her friend had told her that law enforcement had proof of her damage to the man’s property. At first she denied doing so, and also denied knowing about the text messages.

Miller said that on the night in question she was out drinking with a friend at the Blazer Bar. She said that afterward, she went to a friend’s house and she walked to her residence at about 2:30 a.m. or 3 a.m. Miller indicated no one else had access to her phone that night.

Miller then admitted, “I may have said the things I said, but I didn’t go over there.” The officer read the text messages to Miller and she said they were not directed at the man but at a person living with him. Miller said she did not have a gun, but acknowledged what she said is considered threatening.

When asked about slashing the man’s tires, she denied it and said she says random things when she drinks and when she gets mad. Miller said she had been talking with the man and that she would help pay for new tires.

As they talked, Miller showed the officer an injury to her right pinky finger. She said she did not know how she got it, but that it was from the night in question. The officer told Miller it looked like it was from a knife. Miller then said, “Then I probably did.” The officer asked Miller if she did it (referring to slashing the tires) and Miller responded, “Probably.”

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