Deputies: Man threatens to burn down Augusta National, shoot employees

By: Staff
By: Staff
Stuart Lee Hembree (WRDW-TV)

Stuart Lee Hembree (WRDW-TV)

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- An Augusta man is in jail for allegedly threatening to go on a shooting spree at Augusta National then burn down the home of the Masters.

The Director of Security for the Augusta National Golf Club, Jody Rowland, called in a complaint about a former security employee on Dec. 4 around 2 p.m.

The report says Stuart Hembree, 21, called Augusta National saying he had been locked up in a psychiatric facility and was going crazy. Rowland told deputies employee Thomas Hyer then asked Hembree if he had the correct phone number.

Hembree told the man if they didn't help he would go on a "shooting spree" killing everyone starting with Hyer, according to the report.

The second time Hembree called Augusta National, Rowland answered the phone and Hembree told him he was in a dark place and needed a "master card." After Hembree said he could not help, Rowland told deputies the man said in a deep voice that he was coming for him and to look for blue jeans, a yellow t-shirt and a shot gun.

The report also said Hembree told Rowland he had a shotgun loaded and would kill everyone at Gate 6 then burn the place to the ground.

Rowland told deputies he hung up and saw the number was from GRU.

Hembree is in jail with two terroristic threats and acts charges.

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