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Anniston man arrested after allegedly threatening daycare workers with loaded rifle

OXFORD, Ala. (WIAT) - A man is in custody after reportedly threatening daycare workers at an Oxford-area location after being refused entry, according to Sheriff Wade.

The suspect, 23-year-old Daniel Blake Turner of Anniston, reportedly tried to get into the daycare to get his child, but was denied for lacking permission. Wade tells CBS 42 News that the man was scheduled to be served a protection of abuse order earlier this week, but deputies were unable to locate him. 

Turner went outside after being denied entry and allegedly threatened to ram his truck into the building, which prompted staff to take the children into a safe room. Turner then reportedly got his rifle and began to load it, saying he would shoot up the place before learning Sheriff's deputies were en route and fleeing. 

Wade tells CBS 42 News that he called the man's cell phone from his file, and talked him into coming to the Sheriff's Office and turning himself in. Wade praised the daycare owner as a hero, who may have saved the children and everyone in the building. 

Turner has been booked on a charge of menacing, according to Wade.


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