Spartanburg Man Arrested

Death Threats and Harassment

Emily Gill
July 06, 2020 - 1:27 pm
Hands Cuffed Behind the Back During Arrest

A Spartanburg man was arrested over the weekend for harassing his neighbor with what a Spartanburg County Sheriff's deputy described as "racially motivated texts."

47 year-old Christopher Surratt was arrested on July 4th and charged with 2nd degree harassment and unlawful communication.

Christopher Surratt - SCSO

According the deputy's report, Surratt, a white man, began texting his neighbor, a black man, just before 4:30 PM on Friday July 3rd.

With a deputy present, the victim called Surratt at 6:24 PM and 6:26 PM and told him to stop all communication.

The deputy also called Surratt to tell him to stop all forms of communication but reports Surratt consistently interrupted him and then hung up the phone.

Small Excerpt of Texts Sent by Christopher Surratt to His Neighbor

As the deputy was en route to Surratt's house from the victim's house, Surratt continued to text the victim.

After arriving at Surratt's house and identifying him, he admitted to again contacting the victim.  

The deputy once again told Surratt to stop all communication with the victim.

The arrest warrant for unlawful communication charge said Surratt used "profane, obscene, vulgar and/or indecent language, doing so repeatedly for the purpose of annoying/harassing the victim."

The other warrant for 2nd degree harassment said Surratt engaged in "a pattern of unreasonable intrusion into the private life of (the victim), telephoning the victim, threatening to kill him, and engaging in surveillance of the victim's home and continuously harassing him, causing the victim mental distress."

Both warrants said the victim's claims were verified upon police investigation.

Additionally noted in the report were Surratt's threats to harm Bruce Wilson, a local activist.

Screenshots of texts sent by Surratt show threats against Wilson and black people in general, including "this man right here needs to be hung by a noose" and in a later text "we kill all g**d*** n*****s at this point."

Wilson was at Surratt's bond hearing on Saturday, where he was given a $750 bond.

Wilson reports he is pushing for a hate crime statute in this case.


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