Bradenton man charged with stalking family

Herald Staff ReportsJuly 5, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton man was arrested late Thursday after threatening to kill a family, according to the Bradenton Police Department.

Dustin Barter, 25, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. Thursday after he threatened a girl and her family outside their home on the 3100 block of 11th Avenue West, Bradenton Police Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said.

"He has been threatening to kill the family for the last six months," Merriman said.

Following six months of harassing telephone calls, Barter reportedly drove by the house Thursday night.

As he approached the house, he stuck his hand out with what appeared to be a gun.

"I'm not going to shoot up your house," Barter reportedly said. "I'm going to kill your whole family."

The girl was in fear for her life and her family's so she called 911, police say.

Officers went to Barter's residence on the 2800 block of 42 Street West to question him.

After being confronted by the officers, he admitted being at the residence but initially denied making the threats, Merriman said. Barter and the family are acquainted.

Barter reportedly told police that if he were going to beat someone, he would beat them to death.

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