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Colorado Man Accused of Threatening Mass Shooting at Denver’s FBI Office, Homeland Security Building

Kyle William Staebell. Photo: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

By Steve Neavling

A Colorado man is accused of threatening to embark on a mass shooting at Denver’s FBI building and Homeland Security office, according to the U.S. attorney for the District of Colorado. 

Hours before his arrest Monday, prosecutors said Kyle William Staebell, 33, tweeted that “the USA government is run by a bunch of pedos” and warned on the bureau’s online tip portal that he would try to “kill as many” people “as possible.”

He’s also accused of emailing an unidentified performing arts center and threatening to shoot up building.

“Hello, tomorrow I am going to do a mass shooting and kill fucking everybody I see in the whole building,” he allegedly wrote.  

Staebell has been charged with transmitting interstate threats.  

Early Monday morning, Staebell allegedly wrote on the FBI’s online tip line, “I am going to walk up to the FBI offices and start shooting everyone I see and will throw explosives.”

He also allegedly tweeted, “How to do a mass shooting at the DHS offices? How to do a mass shooting at the FBI offices?”

He then is accused of tweeting, “TOMORROW I WILL DO AL [sic] MASS SHOOTING AT THE FBI AND DHS OFFICES.”

The affidavit states that a search of his home uncovered “what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail” and a handwritten note listing Homeland Security, FBI, and what appears to be a reference to the performing arts center. 

During questioning with law enforcement, Staebell allegedly said he “is upset at the government because the government had not responded to previous reports that he filed” and “stated the government is full of pedophiles.”

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes very seriously any threat to commit mass violence,” United States Attorney Cole Finegan said in a statement. “We commend our law enforcement partners for taking swift action to investigate this case.”

New Jersey Man Arrested in Alleged Threat to New Jersey Synagogues

By Steve Neavling

An 18-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly threatening to attack a synagogue and Jews in New Jersey, which prompted the FBI last week to issue a rare warning about a “broad threat” to the Jewish community.

Omar Alkattoul, of Middlesex County, New Jersey, was charged with one count of transmitting a treat in interstate and foreign commerce on Nov. 1. 

According to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger, posted a manifesto online “containing a threat to attack a synagogue based on his hatred of Jews.”

“There is nothing the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes more seriously than threats to our communities of faith and places of worship,” Sellinger said in a statement. “Protection of these communities is core to this office’s mission, and this office will devote whatever resources are necessary to keep our Jewish community and all New Jersey residents safe.” 

Alkattoul faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

“When we learn of credible threats to our community – whether based in hate toward religion, race, sexual orientation, or gender – we call on law enforcement and community partners to assist in identifying and mitigating that threat,” Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy said. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts among our Joint Terrorism Task Force Members, a potentially harmful situation was averted. I would like to commend and show our appreciation for the resources from the District of New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office,  New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the Sayreville Police Department, and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Let it be known that when a threat of violence comes to our attention, the FBI and our partners will respond to keep the public safe.”

Threats and harassment of Jews and Jewish institutions have been on the rise nationwide since rapper Kanye West made antisemitic posts on social media.

FBI Identified Suspect Who Made Threats against New Jersey Synagogues

By Steve Neavling

The FBI has identified the man accused of making a “broad threat” against New Jersey synagogues, which prompted the bureau to issue a rare warning last week.

The FBI’s Newark Field Office said the man no longer poses a danger to the community. 

“Upon receipt of threat information against an unspecified New Jersey area synagogue, the FBI notified community leaders and our law enforcement partners,” the Newark office said in a statement. “We identified the source of the threat who no longer poses a danger to the community.”

It wasn’t immediately clear if the man was arrested. 

According to The New York Times, the man is from New Jersey and was acting alone.

“He expressed radical, extremist views and ideology, as well as an extreme amount of hate against the Jewish community,” James E. Dennehy, special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office, said. 

Threats and harassment of Jews and Jewish institutions have been on the rise nationwide since rapper Kanye West made antisemitic posts on social media.

Secret Service Arrests New York Man Accused of Threatening to Kill, Kidnap Trump

President Trump

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service arrested a Queens man accused of threatening to kidnap and kill then-President Trump if he refused to leave the White House following his failed 2020 election.  

Thomas Welnicki, 72, was charged with making threats against the president in cell phone calls to the Secret Service between July 2020 and last month, The New York Post reports.

“I am going to do anything I can to take out [Trump]. Oh yeah that’s a threat, come and arrest me,” Welnicki allegedly said on a Jan. 4, 2021, voicemail.

“I will do anything I can to take out [Individual-1] and his 12 monkeys,” Welnicki allegedly said in his voicemail. “If I had the opportunity to do it in Manhattan that would be awesome.”

In a call on Nov. 8, Welnicki allegedly called Trump “Hitler” and said “I will do everything I can to make sure [Trump] is dead.”

Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon ordered a $50,000 bond. 

During the hearing, his attorney Dierdre Von Dornum said Welnicki doesn’t own any weapons and hasn’t left New York City in 15 years. 

“If there were any actual danger here, I am certain that they would have arrested him sooner,” Von Dornum said.

Man Who ‘Worshipped’ Trump Pleads Guilty After Threatening Secret Service Agents with a Sword

By Steve Neavling

A Washington State man who threatened Secret Service agents with a sword in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to assault.

Joshua Wills, 31, of Bremerton, Washington, told a judge he was driving to Washington D.C. to see President Trump when he was confronted by Secret Service agents, who had received reports that he was in possession of a katana sword, The Associated Press reports.

When three Secret Service agents went to a campground where Wills had gone to spend the night in October 2018, “Wills pulled out his sword and brandished it at us,” Secret Service Agent Thomas Fleming said in a criminal complaint.

“Officers fired two non-lethal shotgun rounds to incapacitate Wills and he was wrestled to the ground,” Fleming said.

Wills’ father told Secret Service agents that his son had “worshipped” Trump and meant no harm. He planned to deliver unknown evidence to the president and stand outside the White House gate with a sword.

“One sure fire way not to see the President of the United States is to brandish a weapon and threaten the safety of local and federal officials,” U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart said.

Wills could be ordered to spend up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 9.

Austin Man Who Threatened to Kill Obama Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison

Gavin Friedman

Gavin Friedman

By Steve Neavling

A 21-year-old Austin man who threatened to kill President Obama and a U.S. attorney and blow up federal buildings was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison.

Gavin Friedman pleaded guilty to making a threat against the president and mailing threatening communications, the Dallas Morning News reports

In a January 2016 letter threatening to kill Obama, Friedman said he would become a martyr in the name of Allah.

Either month later, Friedman threatened in a letter to blow up the FBI field office in Houston and the White House.

“Threats such as these have no place in a civilized society and will be vigorously prosecuted,” U.S. Attorney John Parker said in a written statement.

Secret Service Investigates State Senator Who Wrote, ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated’

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal

Missouri State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service is investigating a Missouri state senator after posting on Facebook that she’s hopes someone assassinates President Trump.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal commented on her personal Facebook page, “I hope Trump is assassinate.” 

The Democratic senator deleted the post, which prompted an investigation by the Secret Service.

Chappelle-Nadal told the Kansas City Star that she made the comment because she was frustrated with the “trauma and despair” the president is causing by minimizing the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va. 

“The way I responded this morning was wrong,” she told The Star. “I’m frustrated. Did I mean the statement? No. Am I frustrated? Absolutely. The president is causing damage. He’s causing hate.”

Chappelle-Nadal eventually deleted the post.

“It was wrong for me to post that,” Chappelle-Nadal said. “But I am not going to shy away from the damage this president is causing.”

Trump has caught criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for blaming “both sides” and “many sides” for the violent rally that ended in the death of an anti-racist protester who was among a group of people struck by a car driven by an alleged Nazi sympathizer from Ohio.

Secret Service Investigating Lawmaker over ‘Aggressively Sarcastic’ Anti-Trump Facebook Post

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

Maine Rep. Scott Hamann

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service is investigating a state lawmaker in Maine after causing alarm over a Facebook post about President Trump.

Rep. Scott Hamann called Trump a “half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet.”

The Democrat later said he regretted the social media post, describing his comments as “aggressively sarcastic and inappropriate.”

A Secret Service spokesman confirmed the investigation to Fox News.

“The Secret Service is aware of the comments in question and are investigating the matter.

“Allegations of any threat, inappropriate interest or unusual behavior directed towards a Secret Service protectee receives the highest priority of all our investigations.”

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