Latest Extortion and threats News

Omar: No gain in harsh sentence for man who threatened her

Nov. 19, 2019 1:52 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is asking a federal judge to show compassion in sentencing a New York man who threatened to kill her. Omar wrote in a letter Tuesday that a lengthy sentence for Patrick Carlineo Jr. would likely only “increase his anger and resentment.” She...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

Nov. 18, 2019 9:07 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr....

Man gets 8 years in prison for extorting immigrants

Nov. 18, 2019 2:58 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A New York City man convicted in an extortion scheme that involved kidnapping immigrants at a bus station has been sentenced in Connecticut to eight years in prison. A federal judge in Bridgeport handed down the punishment Monday to 56-year-old Carlos Hernandez, who was one of four...

Migrants stuck in lawless limbo within sight of America

Nov. 17, 2019 5:19 PM EST

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The gangsters trawling Nuevo Laredo know just what they’re looking for: men and women missing their shoelaces. Those are migrants who made it to the United States to ask for asylum, only to be taken into custody and stripped of their laces — to keep them from...

Video of Arizona deputy restraining teen amputee spurs probe

Nov. 15, 2019 10:02 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona prosecutors dropped disorderly conduct charges against a 15-year-old quadruple amputee after viewing video of a sheriff’s deputy wrestling him to the floor in a group home, the teen’s attorney said Friday. Samuel Jurgena, a Pima County public defender, said his...

Missouri woman charged after husband’s body found in freezer

Nov. 14, 2019 6:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a woman whose husband’s corpse was found in a freezer in a bedroom inside their southwest Missouri home, where it may have been stored for nearly a year. Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, was arrested Thursday, a day after she was charged with...

Louisiana man accused of threatening president, denied bond

Nov. 12, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to set bond for a Louisiana man accused of threatening President Donald Trump via social media posts last week. KTBS-TV reports U.S. Magistrate District Judge Mark Hornsby told 31-year-old Friedrich Ishola that bond couldn't be set Tuesday because of a...

Record: Officer tried to keep victims quiet after cop threat

Nov. 11, 2019 3:09 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An off-duty Kansas police officer who was sentenced to probation for drunkenly threatening to shoot a bar server was initially allowed to keep his service weapon after a responding officer urged witnesses not to press charges, according to court records. The Kansas City Star obtained...

Florida man pleads guilty to bomb threats

Nov. 8, 2019 3:27 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to threatening to blow up courthouses and other government offices across northern Florida. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe announced the guilty plea on Friday. Noah Stirn pleaded guilty to twelve separate charges stemming...

Florida man pleads guilty to texts threatening Jews

Nov. 7, 2019 3:19 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to sending text messages threatening to kill Jewish people. The Miami U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Thursday that 26-year-old Hanson Richard Larkin admitted sending the texts to another person. Larkin faces up to five years in prison at...