Man says he’s receiving death threats via texts from his stolen phone

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - A St. Louis man says he’s getting frightening text messages from own cell phone, which was stolen Wednesday night. Those messages said his friend was likely dead and that he would be next. No one heard from the friend early Thursday evening.

Shawn Holland said he stopped at the 6 Star Market at Riverview and McLaren in north St. Louis around 7 p.m. Wednesday night. He left his 2001 GMC Suburban at the curb. His cell phone and his friend were also in the vehicle.

When Holland came out of the store, his friend and vehicle were gone.

“I go in, come back out, I’m like, ‘Oh wow, is this a dream?’” he said.

Holland texted his stolen phone from wife’s phone and got alarming responses: the apparent thief texting that he’d been following Holland even before he went to the market.

Holland read the messages for St. Louis police over the phone.

“[It] says we’ve been following you since you pulled off the gas station lot,” Holland said. “Then it goes into further detail how they ditched my friend, probably killed him and he’s dead, left him in a ditch somewhere and kept going about their business. They’re coming after me next.”

Holland told Fox 2 he was scared.

“It’s not safe here for me and my kids and family,” he said.

His silver Suburban was distinctive, Holland said. The hood—recently replaced after an accident—was black.

St. Louis police confirmed officers who responded Wednesday night said Holland appeared to be intoxicated and it appeared his friend likely borrowed his car. No report was filed.

Holland said he was on medication for PTSD. Police were following up their investigation with him Thursday.