Eau Claire man charged with making terrorist threats against Menards

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An Eau Claire man is charged in Eau Claire County Court after investigators say he made threats to shoot up the Menards Distribution Center.

According to a criminal complaint, 31-year-old Kevin Pinkham worked at Menards and told another employee he would “shoot the place up”. 

The complaint also says Pinkham told a manager that he used to be in the military, was injured there and had killed 34 people. Officials were able to obtain his 2011 military discharge papers, which stated Pinkham was never deployed and was never injured in the line of duty. He was discharged for “failed medical/physical/procurement standards”.

Pinkham admitted to officials that he also once texted his girlfriend saying he was “going to kill everyone”. Pinkham told officials it was a joke and he didn’t mean it.

A search of his apartment and vehicle revealed four rifles, two handguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and journals which appeared to have writings about Menards.

Pinkham is charged with terrorist threats and disorderly conduct. He could face three years and six months for the terrorist threat charge and 90 days for the disorderly conduct charge. 

Pinkham’s cash bond has been set at $10,000 cash and his next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 27. 

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