Latest Extortion and threats News

Texas man accused of threatening Fort Hood mass shooting

Aug. 3, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas man accused of threatening a mass shooting at Fort Hood in retaliation for the slaying of a Fort Hood soldier has been released on bond, jail records showed Monday. Mario Eloy Peña has been charged with a count of making terroristic threats, according to Bexar County jail...

Ukraine's special police prepare to storm a city bank in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, after a man has threatened to blow up an explosive device inside the bank. The man, identified as Sukhrob Karimov, a 32-year-old citizen of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, entered a bank office in Kyiv and said he had explosives in his backpack. He let bank clerks go and demanded that the authorities invite journalists so that he could make a statement. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian police detain man threatening to blow up Kyiv bank

Aug. 3, 2020 10:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police detained a man who allegedly threatened to set off an explosive device at a bank in Ukraine's capital and demanded to speak with journalists Monday. The man, identified as Sukhrob Karimov, a 32-year-old citizen of the Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan, entered a bank office in...

Idaho suspect in pursuit, shootout appears in court

Jul. 30, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — A former participant in an armed occupation in 2016 at an Oregon wildlife refuge appeared in court this week after he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer during a shootout in northern Idaho earlier this month. Sean L. Anderson, 52,...

Wyoming man convicted of threatening to kill president

Jul. 30, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Wyoming man has been found guilty of threatening to kill President Donald Trump. The U.S. attorney's office announced in a news release that the conviction against 27-year-old Timothy Cessor, of Cheyenne, was returned Wednesday after a three-day jury trial in Omaha, Nebraska. The...

Mississippi man charged with threatening federal judge

Jul. 27, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal grand jury indicted a Mississippi man accused of threatening to harm a federal judge at a U.S. district courthouse in New Orleans, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Bryant Lamont Harris, 46, of Monticello, Mississippi, was charged Friday with threatening a federal...

Illinois man pleads guilty to threatening GOP congressman

Jul. 24, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A 65-year-old Army veteran pleaded guilty Friday to making a threat against a Republican congressman from Illinois. Randall E. Tarr, of Rochester, Illinois, left a profanity-filled voicemail at U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ office in Decatur on Nov. 25 threatening to shoot him,...

Investigation: Sioux Falls police justified in use of force

Jul. 23, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An investigative report has found Sioux Falls police were justified in using force in the arrest of a juvenile that was caught on social media video last month. Videos of the arrest drew accusations that officers had used excessive force while they responded to a call for an...

Man given time served for threatening Missouri senator

Jul. 23, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri man was sentenced to time served and probation after pleading guilty Thursday to sending several death threats to U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri last year. Jeremy Cawthon, 38, of St. Charles, was sentenced to 16 months of jail time already served and a year of...

3 accused Toledo council members temporarily stepping down

Jul. 23, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Three of the four Toledo City Council members accused of taking part in a bribery and extortion scheme have agreed to temporary suspensions, according to the state attorney general's office. Tyrone Riley, Yvonne Harper and Larry Sykes will continue to get their annual $27,500 council...

FDLE: Commissioner who impersonated deputy arrested

Jul. 21, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A county commissioner in Florida was arrested on Monday for impersonating a sheriff's deputy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr., 53, was arrested Monday evening for impersonating a member of the Osceola County...