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Dec 3, 2013 11:40 PM by Sean Mooney

Prior arrests for man accused of imprisoning stepdaughters

TUCSON - The man accused of imprisoning his three stepdaughter's in their home has tangled with the law before but always avoided jail time. But details in Police reports reveal telling details about Fernando Richter's behavior.

It appears the trouble for Fernando Richter surfaced back in July of 2007, after Richter had been fired as a meter reader for Tucson Electric Power. According to a police report dated July 25, 2007, Richter went to the TEP building, at 4350 E. Irvington Rd. A security guard at the facility told police that Richter said he had a message for an employee who worked in human resources and then saying "firing me was the biggest mistake of her life."

Police also obtained recorded voicemails of Richter threatening the same woman and another employee. Some of the documented messages included Richter saying "I've been following you, I know where you live" and "I'm going to cut your head off and put into a casket". The report also details Richter yelling and crying during the calls.

Richter was charged with three counts of disorderly conduct and two counts of threats and intimidation. The charges were dropped and he was given court ordered diversion and court ordered anger management classes.

Three months later on October 21, 2007, Richter was arrested on DUI charges. Throughout the report police cite Richter's abusive behavior. An officer stated in the report that "Richter would not follow my instructions". Police also reported Richter becoming agitated after he was arrested. Paramedics were called to the scene and police detailed Richter becoming "very mad and banging his head repeatedly against the fire unit".

Richter eventually pleaded guilty to reckless driving and the DUI charges were dismissed.

In both police reports his wife, Sophia Richter, was documented as being on the scene at the TEP building and where the DUI occurred. Sophia Richter is currently facing charges of child abuse and kidnapping in the case involving her three daughters.

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