LMPD: Man arrested after threatening JCPS employee


by Chelsea Rabideau


Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 7:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – A man who spent years in and out of prison has been arrested again after police said he threatened an employee at a Louisville elementary school. 

Forty-one-year-old Timothy Smyth is in jail after police said he repeatedly called and texted his ex-girlfriend who works at Englehard Elementary School saying, among other things, that he would break out every window of her car.

The harassment crossed a dangerous line when police said he showed up at the school Monday afternoon and tried to get in. Employees refused to let him in the door.

“That kind of frightens me,” Lelan Brown, whose daughter goes to Engelhard, said. “I’m worried. I would be dramatically concerned.”

Smyth has been violent in the past. He spent time in prison for barricading himself in his home in 1997. He was arrested at that time for firing a gun at police officers and his sister. Smyth’s arrest record is littered with numerous charges including burglary and drug and alcohol offenses.

Brown said she had no idea anything happened at the school this week.

“I think we should be notified. I think we should be aware of what’s going on. I want to have the option on whether I want to send her to school that day. There may be something in particular going on that day and I wouldn’t know unless you let me know,” she said.

JCPS said they will let parents know about the incident, but wouldn’t say when.

Smyth wasn’t arrested until Tuesday. He’s facing charges of terroristic threatening and harassing communications.