A Canadian news reporter was arrested this week after she allegedly planned to kill her hockey player ex-boyfriend.
Tieja MacLaughlan, a 25-year-old reporter from Kelowna, British Columbia, has reportedly been in a relationship with Jackson Playfair, a 19-year-old member of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans hockey team, the Tri-City Herald reports. According to the newspaper, MacLaughlan threatened to kill Playfair upon learning that he had begun to date someone else.
In a phone conversation last Friday, MacLaughlin told Playfair that she was on her way to Kennewick, Wash., to confront him, according to a police report obtained by the Herald. During the phone call, she told Playfair “he would be dead by the end of the night.”
Playfair disclosed the threats to authorities in Kennewick, who confronted MacLaughlin at a local hotel and informed her that she would be placed under arrest if she had further contact with him. Initially, she promised to return to Canada and cease making threats on Playfair’s life.
Soon after, the Canadian news reporter reportedly sent text messages to Playfair, asking him to meet her at the Kennewick hotel. Police told Playfair to pretend to agree to the meeting, and then dispatched officers to arrest her on Saturday afternoon. She is being held without bail.
MacLaughlin appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of felony threats, the Herald reports. She reportedly denied making any threatening statements to MacLaughlin, according to court documents.
Playfair told Kennewick police that he and MacLaughlin had been dating since last July, the Herald reports. However, he admitted that their relationship “has been a rocky one.”
MacLaughlin works as a freelance reporter for a pair of news outlets in British Columbia, the Herald reports. In the past, she covered the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets.