Brookland man allegedly threatened fiber optic installer with a gun


BROOKLAND, Ark. – As one man tried install cables for AT&T on a property, the property owner threatened him with a gun because he was upset about digging on his property, according to the incident report.

Craighead County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Craighead 917 to a report of a man pulling a gun and making threatening statements. Ronnie Birmingham, an employee for AT&T, was digging and installing fiber optic lines at the property of Robert Kieninger, 75, of Brookland.

As two Enable Gas employees watched on and corroborated to officers, Kieninger allegedly told the communications worker, “you better be bulletproof, mother (expletive).”

When deputies tried to speak with Kieninger, they reported he locked himself in his house and said he never intended to shoot anyone. They also added he said he had lost his temper. A Craighead County Sheriff’s captain responded to the scene and Kieninger reportedly let him into his house.

“Ten years ago, no one would have thought this was a big deal,” the captain reported Kieninger said, before saying he did not know why the workers were “making such a big deal” out of the incident.

Kieninger was arrested for felony first degree terroristic threatening.

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