According to police, a Black woman in Georgia posed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan and sent racist notes to Atlanta area families.
Terresha Lucas, 30, is accused of posing as a white Ku Klux Klan member and sending racially motivated notes to the homes of families in Douglasville, an Atlanta suburb, according to police reports.
Lucas was arrested Wednesday and charged with eight counts of terroristic threats and acts.
Douglasville families told WGCL-TV they received handwritten notes in their mailboxes from a man claiming he was from the KKK, with a long red beard who threatened to kill their families.
“The letter is using the N-word, talking about the KKK, hanging people, killing kids, killing whole families, and setting houses on fire,” one father told the station.
Families began receiving the letters as early as last December, Atlanta’s FOX 5 reported.
“The notes threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood,” Detective Nathan Shumaker told the station.
Police said that similar notes—all left in the middle of the night—were found in the residents’ mailboxes on Feb. 17, Feb. 22, March 1, and March 3. At least seven black residents reported receiving such notes, but police believe there were likely more.
According to police, they went door to door in the neighborhood, checking doorbell and security cameras after the first notes were reported. They walked around the neighborhood distributing flyers seeking any information.
Following a lengthy investigation, authorities connected the evidence, obtained a warrant, and searched Lucas’ home, linking her to the incidents.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told Fox News that Lucas appeared in court Thursday morning and was denied bond.
Lucas remains in custody at the Douglas County jail. It is not clear if she has retained an attorney who could speak on her behalf.