A former naval police officer at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was charged with threatening his ex-wife and her mother, who are in Iowa.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins of the U.S. Attorney's Office District of Massachusetts said Luis De Leon, 30, of Middleton called his wife on a cell phone on April 30 that was not his to make threats to her.

“You’re gonna f****** pay! Do you understand!? There will be death! There will be war in the street! You wanna to go war!? I’ll take you to f****** war," De Leon told her in the call, according to Rollins.

Two days later, DeLeon was arrested on the unrelated charges of possessing a dangerous weapon in the form of a hatchet knife, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, threatening to commit a crime, and motor vehicle offenses. He was placed into custody at the Middleton House of Corrections.

Being behind bars didn't stop De Leon from making threats, as he sent two letters to his mother-in-law in May and June of 2022. He allegedly wrote that he would be making a trip to Iowa, according to Rollins.

"God help you and your dysfunctional family if you try and stop me. I won’t be alone either just so you know and that’s for your safety NOT MINE!!! […] If you don’t believe me just look where I’m sending this from. I don’t really have much else to lose, and do you know what men with nothing left to lose usually do," DeLeon allegedly wrote.

DeLeon was charged with three counts of making threatening communications in interstate commerce. He will make his first court appearance on the charges Monday.

DeLeon worked from June 2021 to June 2022 at the Shipyard.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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