Latest Extortion and threats News

Man pleads guilty to charge he threatened Moms Demand Action

Nov. 23, 2022 14:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A 31-year-old Army veteran has pleaded guilty to charges that he made violent threats against an organization that supports stronger firearm laws. Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts said Wednesday that Drummond Neil Smithson made the threat in a letter he mailed to...

Michigan man charged with threatening congressman, FBI head

Nov. 22, 2022 17:20 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man used the phone and internet to make violent threats against a California congressman and the head of the FBI, authorities said Tuesday. Neil Walter of the Flint area was arrested and charged in federal court. No one was harmed. ...

2 arrested after Twitter threats to 'shoot up a synagogue'

Nov. 21, 2022 14:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Social media posts about attacking a synagogue represented a real danger to the city's Jewish community, Mayor Eric Adams said Monday. “This was not an idle threat," Adams said at a news conference where he was joined by officials from the FBI, the Metropolitan...

German man sentenced to prison for sending dozens of threats

Nov. 17, 2022 09:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German man was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years in prison for sending threatening letters to politicians, lawyers and journalists signed with the acronym of a neo-Nazi group. A court in Frankfurt found the 54-year-old man guilty on a range of charges including...

Former Kansas detective, 3 others accused of sex trafficking

Nov. 14, 2022 17:27 PM EST

Federal prosecutors say a Kansas police detective and three other men ran a violent sex trafficking operation that targeted troubled teenage girls at an apartment complex in Kansas City, Kansas, in the 1990s. Former detective Roger Golubski, who has been accused of preying on Black...

Flight diverted after person made threats with a box cutter

Nov. 13, 2022 13:25 PM EST

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) — A commercial flight from Cincinnati to Tampa was diverted to Atlanta on Friday night after a disruptive passenger was seen with a box cutter. The Frontier Airlines flight made an unplanned landing at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where one...

Woman charged with bias crime in alleged bus employee attack

Nov. 11, 2022 19:38 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman has been charged with bias crimes after allegedly spitting on and punching a TriMet transit employee in Portland, Oregon. According to the Multnomah County District Attorney, Nicole Hileman is accused of starting an argument Wednesday on a MAX light...

Belgium stabbing suspect was on list of potential extremists

Nov. 11, 2022 05:49 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities said Friday that the lone assailant who killed one police officer and wounded another in a stabbing attack had been on a counterterrorism list of potential extremists. The Belgian suspect, who had served six years in prison for common-law crimes,...

Vatican auditor sues over ouster as new dirty laundry aired

Nov. 10, 2022 15:59 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy have sued the Holy See for 9.3 million euros ($9.5 million) for wrongful dismissal, as a new litigious chapter opens in Pope Francis’ troubled financial reform effort. In a lawsuit made public Thursday,...

Man gets prison for placing explosives outside phone stores

Nov. 09, 2022 16:40 PM EST

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A northern Michigan man who said he placed pipe bombs outside phone stores because he was upset with “immoral content” on phones and TV was sentenced Wednesday to more than six years in prison. John D. Allen's crimes of “extortion and attempted...