Lewis charged with making terroristic threat, claims “all cops must be killed”

Steve Chapman

Benjamin Lewis

Aurora’s Robinson Elementary School goes into temporary lockdown
A Marionville man currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail is accused of threatening to kill police officers, among other crimes.
Benjamin Lewis, 25, is charged with making a terroristic threat, armed criminal action, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and stealing.
According to one probable cause statement, the Aurora Police Department received a report from the Clark Center on Wednesday, June 17, that Lewis had made a phone call in which he stated “he was at Robinson Elementary School in Aurora with two handguns and a knife, and all cops must be killed.”
After the school went into lockdown, officers began searching for Lewis. He was located at an Aurora residence, and the homeowner told officers Lewis was inside the house, armed with a handgun.
 She also said she believed Lewis was sleeping and gave officers permission to enter the house and arrest him.
Police entered the house and took Lewis into custody; they also reported finding a large glass waterbong and other drug paraphernalia in plain view. The homeowner gave the officers permission to search the house for a weapon; they reported finding a Taurus .38 Special handgun behind a mirror on a dresser in the bedroom where they found Lewis. After obtaining a search warrant, the officers also reported finding glass and metal pipes, marijuana, marijuana grinders, digital scales and clear bags containing a substance that later field-tested as positive for methamphetamine.
In a post-Miranda interview, Lewis admitted to making the phone call to the Clark Center and saying he had two handguns and that all cops must be shot, according to the probable cause statement. He also stated the only things the police found during the search that belonged to him was the handgun, a metal pipe, a grinder and some marijuana.
The stealing charge comes from an incident that allegedly took place on Tuesday, June 16. According to the probable cause statement in that case, a Marionville couple called the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office to report Lewis had stolen a pair of handguns from their residence. They reported they had brought Lewis out to the house to help with some farmwork, but he took the handguns from the top of their refrigerator and began walking down the driveway from the house. One handgun was reported to be a Luger .357, while the other was a Taurus Judge.
As of press time, Lewis was being held without bond.


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