Denver Man Arrested For Making Threats
According to cbs.com, a Denver man has been arrested by federal agents in Iowa in connection with violent threats made towards boarding school faculty members. Nicolaus Demetrian, 27, was arrested 52 hours after the threats were made by police tracking his cell phone. He allegedly said in an email if the school was not closed, he would show up and burn the building down and then shoot anyone trying to escape. He named three people who worked at the school while he was a student there that he wanted to kill. The school closed for three days while the students and teachers living on campus were evacuated. Police contacted a former classmate and friend that Demetrian had allegedly emailed, asking to borrow his AR-15 rifle. Demetrian now faces one federal felony charge of threat through interstate commerce. He is expected to be extradited back to Colorado next week to face charges.
What is an interstate commerce threat?
18 U.S.C. § 875(c) states: “Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.”
What does it mean?
ISBS.com provides the following summary:
- Sending emails with words threatening injury is a federal crime
- An email threat can be easily proven by showing that it was sent to a person in another state and contains threatening content in the email
- Individuals who are prompt to explosive reactions should use caution when drafting his or her email messages
- A simple ‘mistake’ in wording emails threatening its recipient with an injury, even if not intended, may typify a federal crime with a harsh imprisonment sentence
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