A Philadelphia man was jailed Tuesday in lieu of $575,000 bail.
"You took everything from me, now I will take everything from you, including your life," Joseph Augustus Ragan III told Julie Connerton in a text message on Feb. 1, state police said in an affidavit.
Ragan, 33, was upset Connerton "took his children from him," Trooper Joel Miles said in an affidavit.
At the time, Connerton had a protection from abuse order against Ragan, Miles added.
In a second criminal complaint, Ragan is accused of calling Connerton 20 times during an eight-hour period on April 14 and leaving messages threatening to shoot her and a friend, Richard Rachlin, another trooper said in a second affidavit.
"I will nail the door shut and burn your house down," he allegedly said in another message left on an answering machine at the home where Connerton lives with her parents in Wolf Township, police said.
Ragan also is alleged to have said he wants to be known as "a hero for killing a cop."
Ragan was arrested when he returned here with his mother on Tuesday to attend a probation hearing.
State police took him before District Judge Jon E. Kemp, who arraigned him on counts of terroristic threats, harassment and violating a protection from abuse order and set bail at $550,000.
From Kemp's office, Ragan was taken before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman and arraigned on another count of violating a protection from abuse order. Whiteman set bail in that case at $25,000.