A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned an indictment charging an Ohio man for allegedly sending threatening communications to Arizona Secretary of State (and soon-to-be governor) Katie Hobbs. Continue reading “Man Indicted For Death Threats Against AZ Election Officials”
Tyler Dinsmoor, 27, of Oak Harbor, was arrested without incident Friday after expressing his desire to kill members of the LGBTQ community on social media, according to the Oak Harbor Police Department and court documents. Continue reading “Washington Man Arrested For Death Threats Against Pride Event”
A man who phoned in a threat to assassinate a federal judge overseeing the criminal case of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
to leaving a threatening voicemail promising to put a “hot piece of lead” in the judge’s head.
Law & Crime reports Frank Caporusso pleaded guilty this past April to leaving a threatening message in a voicemail with chambers for U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on May 14, 2020.
That was shortly after Judge Sullivan allowed legal experts and outside parties to oppose the Justice Department’s plan to dismiss Flynn’s case.
The prosecutor read a transcript of the chilling message in court:
“We are professionals. We are trained military people. We will be on rooftops. You will not be safe. A hot piece of lead will cut through your skull. You bastard. You will be killed, and I don’t give a fuck who you are. Back out of this bullshit before it’s too late, or we’ll start cutting down your staff. This is not a threat. This is a promise.”
A tearful Caporusso reportedly told the courtroom on Tuesday: “I am not a man that would harm anyone. I asked myself, ‘How could I have done such a thing?’”
And yet…he did.
The one-and-a-half year sentence is the term recommended by the government.
On Thursday, an anonymous man phoned MILK+T, an LGBTQ-owned boba tea shop in Las Vegas, and threatened to ‘blow up’ the business over a Pride flag and a Biden/Harris sign on display.
Caroline Sadorra, the manager of the tea shop’s Las Vegas branch, answered the call. Sadorra told local NBC News affiliate KSNV that while the Pride flag was a regular fixture at the business, the Biden/Harris sign was left there after a recent campaign event by Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV).
In a recording of the two phone conversations shared on social media, the man asked Sadorra, “I’m wondering why a f**king company would have a f**king faggot sign outside your store? You have a candidate that’s running for the new world order. What’s wrong with you?”
When the manager tried to bring the call to a close, he cursed at her, “Go f**k yourself, losers!”
Five minutes later the man called again having decided that the tea shop had an “anti-American owner,” and promised to “blow up” the store before hanging up.
One of the owners, Beyah Delmundo, told KSNV she plans to file a police report with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday morning. The business’s phone recorded the caller’s phone number.
Delmundo says she considered removing the Biden/Harris sign after the call, but decided, “Right now is not the time to be silent and to be shy about what you stand for.”
In sharing the recording on Facebook, MILK+T wrote, in part:
To attack us was simply unwarranted. It shocked us and made us realize how much hate there is in our country. More than ever, we have to come together.
Choose kindness and love, not the route of tearing another apart and threatening violence because of our differences.
LGBTQ rights ARE human rights. At MILK+T, we believe that Black Lives Matter. Women’s rights are human rights. No human is illegal. Science is real. Love is love, and kindness is everything.
Even though this shook us to our core, we stand firmly on what we believe. It takes courage to stand for what you believe in, and despite everything, we have courage and hope in the good there is in the world.
A 50-year-old Florida man has been arrested after threatening to commit a mass shooting against the LGBTQ community in Tampa, Florida.
From The Gaily Grind:
Ralph Perkins was arrested Wednesday on a charge of making a written threat to conduct a mass shooting and is currently being held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.
According to the arrest report, Perkins made the threats Monday after his offer for an unidentified person to move in with him was rejected.
“I like to take a gun I like to wipe the whole gay community out in Tampa and then kill myself,” Perkins wrote via a grammatically incorrect text message on his phone. “That’s going to be my ultimate present to Tampa Florida is the annihilator the gay community before I kill myself.”
Officers confirmed that Perkins sent the threats from his phone and took him into custody just after midnight Wednesday.
Perkins’s angry comment was apparently spurred by being rejected by another man on Grindr.
No weapons were found during Perkins’ arrest, but a spokesperson for Tampa Police told the Tampa Bay Times, “We cannot predict what he would have done had he not been arrested.”
The Times also notes that Perkins is a registered sex offender
An LGBTQ-friendly taco shop in D.C., Taqueria Del Barrio, is under police protection after receiving dozens of homophobic calls a day threatening to burn the restaurant down and kill staffers because the venue hosts a drag brunch.
“Check out the Loyal White Knights or punch in KKK into your search engine for the Klan’s fight for white supremacy,” a male voice said in one recorded call obtained by Washington City Paper. The voice goes on to provide dial-in information for some sort of conference call on Monday. Then the caller signs off with, “If you’re white and proud, join the crowd for white power.”
The Loyal White Knights is one of the largest and most active Klan groups in the U.S. They’re known for participating in rallies and distributing racist, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, homophobic, and Islamophobic propaganda.
Owner Anna Bran Leis says she has been pleased with their response, especially from MPD’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Liaison Unit.
“To have something like this happen, it’s like someone kicked me in the stomach,” Bran Leis told WCP. “It didn’t happen to other business owners on the block.”
HuffPost reports that a Trump supporter, Patrick Carlineo (55) of western New York, entered a guilty plea on charges that he threatened to kill Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar.
According to the criminal complaint, Carlineo called Rep. Omar’s office on March 21, 2019. He identified himself and then launched into a rant at the staffer on the phone: “Do you work for the Muslim brotherhood? Why are you working for her, she’s a f*cking terrorist. I’ll put a bullet in her f*cking skull.”
According to HuffPost, Carlineo told the FBI that he is a patriot, hates people he perceives to be radical Muslims in the U.S. government, and loves Republican President Donald Trump, according to a criminal complaint.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 14. He faces up to ten years in prison.
|Robert Chain of Encino, California|
A California man was arrested this week for making multiple death threats targeting the Boston Globe using homophobic slurs.
Robert Chain of Encino, California, has been charged with making threatening communications in interstate commerce after he allegedly called in threats to the Boston Globe newsroom 14 times over a 12-day period between August 10 and 22.
The threats apparently stemmed from the Globe’s call for newspapers across the nation to publish op-ed pieces in support of a free press all on the same day.
From the Department of Justice:
On Aug. 10, 2018, the Boston Globe announced that it was requesting that other newspaper publications around the country publish a coordinated editorial response to political attacks on the media. The coordinated editorial response was to be published on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.
According to court documents, immediately following the announcement, Chain began making threatening calls to the Boston Globe’s newsroom.
In the calls, Chain referred to the Globe as “the enemy of the people” and threatened to kill newspaper employees.
In total, it is alleged that Chain made approximately 14 threatening phone calls to the Globe between August 10 and 22, 2018.
Over 300 newspapers took part in the coordinated editorials.
Homophobic slurs “faggot” and “cocksuckers” were a popular choice of insult used by Chain.
According to an affidavit filed by the FBI, Chain said in an August 13 phone call, “Hey, how’s your pussy smell today, nice and fresh? We are going to shoot you motherfuckers in the head, you Boston Globe cocksuckers. Shoot every fucking one of you.”
During a call on August 16, Chain used the word “faggot” as he continued to threaten the Globe, which he referred to as “the enemy of the people.”
“You’re the enemy of the people, and we’re going to kill every fucking one of you. Hey, why don’t you call the F, why don’t you call Mueller, maybe he can help you out buddy. Still there faggot? Alright, why, you going to trace my call? What are you going to do motherfucker? You ain’t going to do shit. I’m going to shoot you in the fucking head later today, at 4 o’clock. Goodbye.”
In a call on August 22, the 68-year-old told the Globe, “You are the enemy of the people, and I want you to go fuck yourself.” Chain added that he would continue with this threats “as long as you keep attacking the President.” Chain went on to use the term “fake news” in that same phone call.
The phrases “enemy of the people” and “fake news” have been used many times in past months by President Trump as he has attacked various news outlets in public statements.
I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2018
In fact, since the deadly gun shooting in June at the Maryland newspaper, The Capital Gazette, Trump has used the term nine times.
When police entered Chain’s home, they found over 20 firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
Chain faces a possible five year prison sentence, one year of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.
Artist Karen Fiorito knew backlash was bound to come. And it has.
Commissioned by a downtown Phoenix art gallery in January to create a billboard art piece that would comment on President Donald Trump’s administration, Fiorito said what she had in mind was going to stir up a controversy.
“Billboards are perfect because you don’t have to go to a gallery to see it,” she said. “You’re creating a dialogue with the public. You’re reaching people you’d never reach with your artwork.”
The completed billboard, now looming over Grand Avenue and Taylor Street, went up in downtown Phoenix on Friday afternoon amid the Art Detour event. Plastered on one side is a depiction of Trump’s face staring down. The red background is mingled with mushroom-cloud explosions and dollar signs in typography imitating Nazi swastikas.
Stories on the billboard went viral Friday night. The Arizona State University alumnus said she and her husband, who don’t currently live in Arizona, began receiving threats Saturday morning.
“I’ve been called a communist, a Satan worshiper,” she said. “I’ve been told I’m a ‘very, very sick person.’ I’m not sure what that means. I haven’t been answering the phone. My husband has because he’s not afraid to talk to anyone, but he told me he received a couple death threats this morning. … He said, ‘They were coming to get us with their boys.’ “
The president of the Arizona Republic,Mi-Ai Parrish, responds to the death threats – yes, you read that correctly – the paper and it’s reporters received after endorsing a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time in the paper’s history.
As someone who has spent a career in the business of words, it’s unusual to find myself speechless.
Yet, there I was, a little more than two weeks ago.
What is the correct response, really, to this?
YOU’RE DEAD. WATCH YOUR BACK.
WE WILL BURN YOU DOWN.
YOU SHOULD BE PUT IN FRONT OF A FIRING SQUAD AS A TRAITOR.
How did I come to be hearing these threats?
More than a year ago, The Republic’s editorial board began taking a stand against the actions and positioning of Donald Trump. In piece after piece, we made it clear that his principles weren’t conservative. They were bad for the party, bad for Arizona, dangerous for America.
But in its more than 125 years, The Republic had never endorsed a Democrat for president. So, over the many months of the campaign, we found ourselves with this question: Endorse no one, or endorse a Democrat for the first time in our history?
We made our choice soberly. We knew it would be unpopular with many people. We knew that, although we had clearly stated our objections to Trump, it would be a big deal for a conservative editorial board in a conservative state to break ranks from the party.
We chose patriotism over party. We endorsed the Democrat.
And then the reaction started pouring in. Threats against our business. Threats against our people.
So, what is the response?
What is the correct response to any of the vile threats against me? What is the correct response to the more disturbing actions and words directed against so many others?
I’ve thought about those responses a lot. Today, I offer you a few.
If you’d like to see the kind of political discourse Donald Trump has helped create, I really encourage you to read the entire op-ed.
I’ll be looking for Donald Trump to denounce these threats.