NYC man, 54, 'wanted to kill Chuck Schumer' and 'anyone that claims to be a Democrat' as well as 'blow up the FBI'November 12, 2020
A NEW York City man allegedly wanted to kill Senator Chuck Schumer and anyone that claimed to be a Democrat, as well as blow up the FBI.
Brian Maiorana, 54, was arrested early at his home in Staten Island on early on Tuesday.
Maiorana was charged with threatening to kill and ordering others to kill protesters, law enforcement members and elected officials.
Senator Chuck Schumer was one of the officials that was threatened, according to papers filed in the Eastern District of New York.
Prosecutors said that Maiorana threatened law enforcement and elected officials on social media from September until a few days after the US Election. It was not made clear what platforms he used.
He wrote online that it has "come to point where pipe bombs need to be thrown into these mobs of potentially non violent protesters," according to prosecutors.
He was locked up by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, including FBI agents and New York Police Department officers, prosecutors said.
Maiorana is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until his trial on November 24.
"The Department of Justice will not stand idly by when people like the defendant allegedly threaten to kill elected officials, lawful protesters and law enforcement simply because of animus towards the outcome of an election," said Seth Ducharme, acting U.S. Attorney.
"Americans have a right to voice their opinions, but this Office will not tolerate violence or threats of violence used to intimidate others with whom they disagree," he said.
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