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Archive for August 16th, 2022

Pennsylvania Man Charged with Threatening to Kill FBI Agents

By Steve Neavling

A Pennsylvania man was charged Monday with posting multiple violent threats against the FBI online after the bureau searched former President Trump’s house in Florida. 

Adam Bies, 46, faces up to 10 years in prison on a felony count of influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law enforcement. 

The FBI National Treat operations Section Social Media Exploitation team received a tip about a Gab user, “BlankFocus,” who posted threats towards the FBI, such as “My only goal is to kill more of them before I drop” and “If You Work For The FBI Then You Deserve To Die.”

The user was identified as Bies, according to the Justice Department in a news release.

Bies also allegedly wrote on Aug. 10, “Every single piece of [expletive] who works for the FBI in any capacity, from the director down to the janitor who cleans their [expletive] toilets deserves to die. You’ve declared war on us and now it’s open season on YOU.”

In another post on Aug. 10, he’s accused of writing, “HEY FEDS. We the people cannot WAIT to water the trees of liberty with your blood. I’ll be waiting for you to kick down my door.”

In an FBI and Homeland Security bulletin on Friday, the agencies warned of “an increase in threats and acts of violence” directed at bureau employees following the search of Trump’s home.

On Thursday morning, a man wearing body armor tried to attack the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office. He was eventually killed in an hours-long standoff.

On Friday, armed Trump supporters protested outside the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office. h

Republican lawmakers have also lashed out at the FBI, and some even called for the bureau to be disbanded.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Seattle Field Office

FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard A. Collodi

By Steve Neavling

Richard A. Collodi has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle Field Office. 

Before the appointment, he was serving as an inspector in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters. 

Collodi began working as a special agent in 2002 in the Oklahoma City Field Office, where he investigated violent crime, criminal enterprises, economic crimes, and counterterrorism and worked human intelligence matters. In addition, he served on the SWAT team and deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012.  

In 2014, Collodi became supervisory special agent and transferred to the Director’s Operations and Coordination Unit at FBI headquarters.

Collodi transferred to Idaho in 2016 to work as supervisory senior resident agent of the Coeur D’Alene Resident Agency, a satellite office of the Salt Lake City Field Office.  

In 2019, Collodi became assistant special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City Field Office over the Administrative and Intelligence Branch. He handled intelligence, human intelligence, and crisis management programs, including the SWAT team, the Evidence Response Team, the Hazardous Evidence Response Team, and crisis negotiations, and numerous administrative programs. 

In 2020, Collodi was promoted to inspector in the Inspection Division at headquarters.  

Before he joined the bureau, Mr. Collodi was a police office in Boulder, Colo. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota with majors in criminal justice and psychology.