KNOXVILLE — Police say a Knoxville man made multiple threats toward law enforcement, including that he planned to place bombs on or near the cars and residences of police officers.

Nathan Lee Adams, 36, of Knoxville, was charged with making a threat to place an explosive device, four counts of harassment, animal torture and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said he called 911 at 12:39 a.m. Tuesday and began making threats toward Marion County Law Enforcement. He threatened a dispatcher and three officers specifically, according to a criminal complaint signed by Knoxville Police Officer Jamie Robinson.

Dispatchers traced the call to Adams’ residence at 514 E. Competine St. in Knoxville. Police said he made a subsequent call from his girlfriend’s phone number to the regular Marion County Dispatch line.

Threats Adams made, according to police, included that he planned to place car bombs in personal vehicles owned by law enforcement and place package bombs at law enforcement residences.

Officers later executed a search warrant at Adams’ residence, where they said they found a malnourished and injured dog.

Police say they found the dog, a 6-month-old female black lab mix, in a kennel in the garage at the residence. The dog had two broken rear legs and a puncture wound on the top of its head, according to court filings.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for emergency treatment.

Police executing the search warrant also found a marijuana grinder and glass marijuana pipe.

Adams is currently being held in the Marion County Jail. He had an initial appearance Thursday morning where his bond was set for a total of $31,000.

Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada said police did not find any explosives in their search.

Kyle Ocker is the regional editor of the Centerville Daily Iowegian, Knoxville Journal-Express, Pella Chronicle and Oskaloosa Herald. He can be reached at


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