UPDATE: Ryan Luker took a plea agreement and received 545 days in jail. All days were suspended and he received a jail credit of 116 days.
GREENFIELD, Ind. – A man accused of threatening to cook and eat a CASA volunteer and threatening other DCS workers who tried to take his kids away is in custody.
The Greenfield Police Department says Ryan Luker, 43, turned himself in to authorities on May 23, and he is being held in the Hancock County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
According to court documents, Luker sent text messages to DCS and CASA workers on his family’s case. He threatened to harm anyone who tried to take his children away from him.
“Specifically to kill a caseworker. We take those things very seriously,” said Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton.
In one text to a CASA worker, he said he is a cannibal and will kill and eat anyone investigating his family. “You do know I’m a cannibal, right? I am going to cook you and eat your body if you fail my children,” Luker wrote.
“He was a cannibal. That is what he said in the text,” said Prosecutor Eaton.
He also sent a text to a DCS supervisor that said, “I want to end your life. I’d like to see you bleeding out of the throat… I will end you physically, legally, legitimately.”
Luker was charged on March 28 with two Level 6 felony counts of intimidation, and he avoided arrest for nearly 2 months.
“People that make those kinds of threats need to be held accountable,” said Prosecutor Eaton.
“He does need to just step up and turn himself in and face it. He did it…drunk or sober I do now know which. He made the charges and accusations and needs to step up to it,” said Luker’s ex-mother in law Willy Bundy.
Bundy says she was sickened over the way Luker reportedly threatened caseworkers.
“The detail of how he would eat them and that he would watch and enjoy watching it happen,” said Bundy.
Bundy tells us Luker talked about cannibalism before and threatened other caseworkers in the past.
“On his Facebook, he wrote he wants to know why it is okay to be a vegetarian but not a cannibal,” said Bundy.
She says he needs to face the charges and do the time for the things police say he did.