Latest Extortion and threats News

Palestinian police vow to crack down on planned LGBT event

Aug. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian police have threatened to arrest anyone involved in a gathering planned by LGBT activists and have called on people to come forward with information about them. The announcement over the weekend followed word that al-Qaws, an LGBT group in the Palestinian territories,...

Florida man jailed, accused of threatening mass shooting

Aug. 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Florida man has been arrested and accused of threatening a mass shooting in text messages. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach sent several text messages stating he wanted to "break a world record for...

New Zealand police make arrest after tourist killed in van

Aug. 17, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police arrested a 23-year-old man and charged him with murder on Saturday, bringing relief to a community that was on edge after an Australian tourist was killed in a seemingly random attack on his van that sparked a large manhunt. The suspect made his first court...

Threats to Maryland synagogue charged in federal indictment

Aug. 16, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a man who prosecutors say made threatening telephone calls to a Maryland synagogue. The U.S. Attorney's Office says in a news release that 64-year-old Stephen Lyle Orback made multiple telephone calls to an employee of a synagogue in Owings Mills,...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...

Armed man arrested at Walmart: 'It was foolish,' no regret

Aug. 15, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who walked into a Missouri Walmart wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons acknowledges the timing was bad but said he didn't intend to hurt anyone and doesn't regret his actions. Dmitriy Andreychenko, 20, is charged with making a terrorist threat after the Aug. 8...

Police: Man said he'd bring gun to Walmart if toy was broken

Aug. 14, 2019 9:23 AM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man threatened to return to a Walmart store with a gun if the remote control car he was buying didn't work. Clearwater police spokesman Rob Shaw says police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Reed on Monday evening. They say he made the threat Friday, days...

Feds: Man who threatened agents lived in gun-filled house

Aug. 13, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say an 18-year-old Ohio man charged with making online threats against federal agents was arrested at a home filled with guns and a huge stockpile of ammunition. Court documents say Justin Olsen also wrote that he supported mass shootings and attacks on Planned...

New Mexico man pleads guilty in Delaware swatting case

Aug. 12, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to making interstate bomb threats against an elementary school and a Walmart in southern Delaware. Twenty-nine-year-old Stephen Scott Landes of Roswell, New Mexico, entered the plead Monday in federal court in Wilmington. He faces up to 10 years...

Former student found not guilty of threatening mass shooting

Aug. 12, 2019 8:41 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia University student accused of threatening to commit a mass shooting was acquitted by jurors after four hours of deliberation. The Dominion Post reports Zachary Ryan Johnson was found not guilty Friday of making terroristic threats and threatening...