Entries in Threats (7)


Washington State School Closed as Threat of Violence Probed

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAMMAMISH, Wash.) -- An online post with a picture of a gun and a threat of violence prompted police and officials with the Issaquah School District to close Skyline High School Thursday in Sammamish, Wash.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, an anonymous posting from someone claiming to be a bullied student vowed to “open fire on the people in the commons in the morning until I am either taken down by our school’s police officer, or until I run out of mags.”

Within two hours, the threat had made its way around social media sites, prompting more than 100 calls to police and school officials.

In a late-night email to faculty and the parents of the school’s 2,000 students, the school district stressed “student and staff safety is our top concern.”

Sammamish police spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica Sullivan said the authorities didn’t know who posted the threat or its legitimacy. She added, however, that officials were working on a number of leads.

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Secret Service Arrests Armed Man for Alleged Obama Threat

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(FEDERAL WAY, Wash.) -- Federal agents in Washington state have arrested an armed man accused of making threats against President Obama.

U.S. Secret Service agents and local law enforcement officers knocked on the door of Anton Caluori, 31, in Federal Way, Wash., on Tuesday afternoon, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.

Caluori came to door with a shotgun, but was taken into custody without injury, Leary added, though Caluori made references to explosives, prompting a call to the bomb squad.

Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bob Kierstead told local ABC News affiliate KOMO that suspicious items found in the man’s apartment -- potential explosive devices -- prompted a sweep of the entire complex by a bomb squad. No bombs were found.

Obama, who was campaigning in Ohio at the time, did not appear to be in immediate danger.

“A threat against the president was delivered via email to a general FBI inbox,” said Cathy Schrock with the Federal Way Police. “The Secret Service went down to investigate and the defendant was found to be armed when they arrived at the apartment.”

Caluori is currently in federal custody and will have an initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon, sources said. He is accused of threats against the president and assaulting a federal officer.

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Former Marine Detained After Alleged Facebook Threats

Hemera/Thinkstock(CHESTERFIELD, Va.) -- A 26-year-old former Marine has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after being detained for alleged threats he made on Facebook. Brandon Raub, who lives in Chesterfield, Va., was detained last Thursday after being questioned by law enforcement about his postings.

“Sharpen up my axe; I’m here to sever heads.” Raub posted to Facebook on Aug. 13, 2012.  The post appears to be a lyric from the band Swollen Members and its song “Bring Me Down.”

The case has pitted First Amendment freedoms against potential security concerns. Raub, who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was questioned by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and Chesterfield County Police last Thursday and was then taken into custody by the Chesterfield County Police Department. At a court hearing on Monday Raub was ordered to be detained for mental evaluation for 30 days. Court records on Raub only showed traffic violations.  A Facebook group supporting Raub already has over 5,800 supporters.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon. This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, which is serving as counsel for Raub.

“I feel like he’s being unconstitutionally detained,” said Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, in an interview with ABC News. Thomas said her son was a good student and an Eagle Scout who never had any mental health problems. Thomas said that after his six years in the Marines, she never noticed any signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

“He’s a good kid, he’s a great kid,” Thomas said.

Lawyers representing Raub said they expect to file an appeal of the 30-day detention order and are trying to prevent Raub from being moved more than three hours away to a medical facility in Salem, Va.

“After speaking to Raub, officers believed him to be in need of further evaluation. Chesterfield officers at the scene contacted Chesterfield Mental Health Crisis Intervention. Crisis workers recommended that police take Raub into custody and bring him in for evaluation,” Col. Thierry Dupuis, chief of the Chesterfield Police Department, said in a statement.

Virginia law allows police to detain people for mental evaluation under emergency circumstances.

“Raub was placed in handcuffs after he resisted officers’ attempts to take him into custody. Raub was evaluated by a Chesterfield mental health official, who determined that he should be held under a temporary detention order and transported to John Randolph Medical Center for additional evaluation.” Col. Dupuis said.

Raub’s postings on Facebook seem to focus on several conspiracy theories related to the 9/11 attacks and what he says is a coming revolution.

“If you are my friend, you deserve to know the truth. This world is secretly run by a shadow organization of people who among other things enjoy raping children. Some of [sic] leaders were involved with the bombing of the twin towers. It was a sacrifice and a complete inside job. Also the Bush’s [sic] are very sick twisted problems. I believe they have a secret Castle in Colorado where they have been raping and sacrificing children for many years. Think I’m crazy? Think again,” Raub wrote in a July 28, 2012 Facebook post.

“Dear Friends, I know many of you think I’m going crazy, and are wondering just why I have been posting the things I have been posting. I don’t have the energy to explain. Just know that a new beginning is coming,” Raub posted on August 11.

On Aug. 7, 2012 Raub posted to his profile a picture of men in robes by a lake with the caption, "Do you know that world leaders sacrifice children in robes?”

According to federal law enforcement officials the FBI received several complaints from concerned individuals about Raub’s postings. Certain other Facebook postings that were discussed at a court hearing on Monday for Raub focused on messages allegedly from a closed Facebook group that was not part of Raub’s public Facebook profile.

ABC News was not able to obtain access to those postings.

Following several high-profile mass shootings the FBI says it needed to interview Raub.

“It would be horrible for us not to respond to reports and complaints about threats from the public,” Dee Rybiski, spokeswoman for the FBI Richmond field office, said when contacted by ABC News.

Rybiski said that the FBI did not detain Raub despite the assertion from his lawyer that he was arrested by the FBI.

“When we left we had not arrested him, we did not touch him, we did not detain him. There are no charges pending,” Rybiski said.

The Richmond Times Dispatch quoted an Internet posting by a former platoon commander, Sean Lawlor, who served with Raub in Iraq. The paper said that Lawlor called Raub an “excellent Marine” but quoted Lawlor as also saying, “Knowing the man that he is, I believe that he fully intended to act on the threats he was posting … We may never know, but the fact that law enforcement intervened may have kept Brandon from doing something extremely destructive.”

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Tennessee Man Arrested for Threatening to ‘Destroy’ Va. Congressman

Alex Wong/Getty Images(GLEN ALLEN, Va.) -- A Tennessee man is sitting in jail Thursday for allegedly placing two threatening phone calls to the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor last week -- “screaming, profanity-laden messages [that] allegedly stated that the caller was going to destroy Rep. Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife,” according to the FBI and the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Glendon Swift, 62, of Lenoir City, Tenn., was arrested late Wednesday for threatening the Virginia Republican and his family in two voicemails left at Cantor’s Glen Allen, Va., office the evening of Oct. 27.

A member of Cantor’s staff retrieved the messages and alerted the U.S. Capitol Police, which sought the assistance of the FBI to identify and locate the individual who made the calls.

“Threatening to harm the family of a public official is a very serious charge, and we are grateful to the FBI and their law enforcement partners for their quick action in this case,” said Neil H. MacBride, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Laena Fallon, a spokeswoman for Cantor, declined to comment on the threats, telling ABC News, “This is a law enforcement matter.  We have no comment.”

The FBI identified Swift as the individual who subscribed to the phone number used to make the call. He was reportedly arrested without incident on Wednesday night by the FBI in Knoxville and the Lenoir City Police Department after allegedly admitting to law enforcement that he left the threatening messages.

Swift was charged by criminal complaint of threatening to assault or murder a member of the immediate family of a United States official, according to the FBI. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. Swift made his initial appearance before a U.S. magistrate judge in Knoxville, Tenn., earlier Thursday afternoon.   

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NY Little League Mom Arrested for Alleged Threats After Son Fails to Make Team

File photo. Ryan McVay/Thinkstock(EAST MEADOW, N.Y.) -- Keeping kids busy in the summer is paramount for many parents, although not enough to land most of them in jail. But that's where Janet Chiauzzi, 44, found herself after allegedly threatening a Little League official when her son didn't make the summer travel team in East Meadow, N.Y.

"This is a tragic situation and horrible for the community," said Stew MacKay, one of the presidents of the East Meadow Little League on Long Island. "When you deal with children and parents running things, it gets dicey."

Nassau County police allege that a league official and his son received threatening letters from Chiauzzi May 21 after her son did not make the team. In the letters, according to the allegations, Chiauzzi also threatened the official's wife and daughter. Both of his children are younger than 14.

Less than two weeks later, police said, the principal of the children's school received letters from Chiauzzi claiming that the Little League official had abused his children. The Nassau County Child Protective Services investigated the accusations and found them to be groundless.

But Chiauzzi didn't stop there, authorities said. She allegedly sent six more letters to the Little League "attempting to defame the victim and force his removal as an official," according to police.

Chiauzzi was arrested on stalking charges Saturday night.

She has been charged with four counts of stalking, two counts of falsely reporting an incident, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and four counts of aggravated harassment.

Chiauzzi was arraigned Sunday and later released from jail on $6,000 bail, according to the Nassau County Correctional Center. She could not be reached for comment.

Chiauzzi is expected to appear in court again Wednesday.

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Colorado Man Accused of Threatening Senator's Staff

Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. (Photo Courtesy Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images) (NEW YORK) -- Federal prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with threatening to shoot staffers of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet in the days before an unrelated shooting rampage that left an Arizona congresswoman in critical condition.

The suspect, John Troy Davis, 44, appeared before a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court in Denver on Monday and was ordered to remain in custody until his next court date on Thursday to set terms of his bond.

According to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Jonathan Grusing, Davis called the Denver office of Senator Bennet last Thursday to seek a hearing on a matter with his Social Security benefits. Davis told staff members that “I’m a schizophrenic and I need help,” and “I’m just going to come down there and shoot you all,” the affidavit said.

He is charged with one count of assault on a federal employee stemming from a series of threats he is accused of making over the telephone to three staffers in Bennet's Denver office. If convicted, Davis faces up to 10 years in prison.

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Terrorist Threat Posted on Facebook Leads to Arrest

Photo Courtesy - Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A Virginia resident, who authorities say chatted on Facebook about blowing up Washington, D.C. subway cars, has been arrested and charged with making threats across state lines.

The FBI alleges that Awais Younis, who was born in Afghanistan but now lives in Arlington, Virginia, made comments online about placing pipe bombs on crowded metro subway cars and under a manhole cover in Georgetown.

Authorities say when a friend responded to the Facebook comment by saying “You wouldn’t do that.”  Younis allegedly replied, “Watch me.”   The friend then contacted the FBI.

Investigators say on his Facebook page Younis, who is in his 20s, is seen posing with an AK-47 assault rifle outside a tent in Afghanistan.  The photo's caption is, “My family business.”

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